2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense.

I never gave them condign punishment.

The rewards and punishments of another life.

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. Taylor.

We shall dread a blow from the punitive hand.

(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. Tucker.

(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 flowers.

(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.

(Punt), n. Act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.

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