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Definition of punishment:

  1. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment.


just deserts, lenient, comeuppance, penalty, abusive, deprivation, light-touch, brotherly, mulct, forfeit, wrath, reward, unhappiness, suffering, disciplinary action, desert, penance, mortification, infliction, nemesis, penalization, amercement, carrot-and-stick treatment, penalisation, a slap on the wrist, reproof, confiscation, conveyor belt, deserts, leniency, indulgent, ingratiating, lesson, demeaning, trial, dose of strap oil, rap on the knuckles, exploitative, nurturance, sequestration.

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