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.
(Pu*ni"tion) n. [L. punitio: cf. F. punition. See Punish.] Punishment. [R.] Mir. for Mag.
(Pu"ni*tive) a. Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as,
punitive law or justice.
If death be punitive, so, likewise, is the necessity imposed upon man of toiling for his subsistence.I.
We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.Bagehot.
(Pu"ni*to*ry) a. Punishing; tending to punishment; punitive.
God . . . may make moral evil, as well as natural, at the same time both prudential and punitory.A.
(Punk) n. [Cf. Spunk.]
1. Wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder; touchwood.
2. A fungus (Polyporus fomentarius, etc.) sometimes dried for tinder; agaric.
3. An artificial tinder. See Amadou, and Spunk.
4. A prostitute; a strumpet. [Obsoles.] Shak.
(||Pun"ka) n. [Hind. pankha fan.] A machine for fanning a room, usually a movable fanlike
frame covered with canvas, and suspended from the ceiling. It is kept in motion by pulling a cord. [Hindostan]
[Written also punkah.] Malcom.
(Pun"kin) n. A pumpkin. [Colloq. U. S.]
(Punk"ling) n. A young strumpet. [Obs.]
(Pun"ner) n. A punster. Beau. & Fl.
(Pun"net) n. [Cf. Ir. buinne a shoot, branch.] A broad, shallow basket, for displaying fruit or
(Pun*nol"o*gy) n. [Pun + - logy.] The art or practice of punning; paronomasia. [R.] Pope.
(Pun"ster) n. One who puns, or is skilled in, or given to, punning; a quibbler; a low wit.
(Punt) v. i. [F. ponter, or It. puntare, fr. L. punctum point. See Point.] To play at basset, baccara,
faro. or omber; to gamble.
She heard . . . of his punting at gaming tables.Thackeray.
(Punt), n. Act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.