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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Punishment  \Pun"ish*ment\,  n. 
  Severe,  rough,  or  disastrous  treatment.  [Colloq.  or  Slang] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Punishment  \Pun"ish*ment\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  punishing. 
 
  2.  Any  pain,  suffering,  or  loss  inflicted  on  a  person  because 
  of  a  crime  or  offense. 
 
  I  never  gave  them  condign  punishment.  --Shak. 
 
  The  rewards  and  punishments  of  another  life. 
  --Locke. 
 
  3.  (Law)  A  penalty  inflicted  by  a  court  of  justice  on  a 
  convicted  offender  as  a  just  retribution,  and  incidentally 
  for  the  purposes  of  reformation  and  prevention. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  punishment 
  n  :  the  act  of  punishing  [syn:  {penalty},  {penalization}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Punishment 
  The  New  Testament  lays  down  the  general  principles  of  good 
  government,  but  contains  no  code  of  laws  for  the  punishment  of 
  offenders.  Punishment  proceeds  on  the  principle  that  there  is  an 
  eternal  distinction  between  right  and  wrong  and  that  this 
  distinction  must  be  maintained  for  its  own  sake.  It  is  not 
  primarily  intended  for  the  reformation  of  criminals,  nor  for  the 
  purpose  of  deterring  others  from  sin.  These  results  may  be 
  gained,  but  crime  in  itself  demands  punishment.  (See  MURDER 
  T0002621;  {THEFT}.) 
 
  Endless,  of  the  impenitent  and  unbelieving.  The  rejection  of 
  this  doctrine  "cuts  the  ground  from  under  the  gospel...blots  out 
  the  attribute  of  retributive  justice;  transmutes  sin  into 
  misfortune  instead  of  guilt;  turns  all  suffering  into 
  chastisement;  converts  the  piacular  work  of  Christ  into  moral 
  influence...The  attempt  to  retain  the  evangelical  theology  in 
  connection  with  it  is  futile"  (Shedd). 
 




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