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[mass noun] Physical punishment, such as caning or flogging.
beating, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, battering, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambastingView synonyms
- ‘He is a highly intelligent and well educated man, therefore there can be no doubt he knew how both society and the law view the use of corporal punishment.’
- ‘One of the most common allegations relates to physical abuse and excessive corporal punishment.’
- ‘The government needs to forget the new smacking law and bring back corporal punishment.’
- ‘Opponents of corporal punishment argue that frequent physical punishment interferes with the teaching of nonviolent modes of conflict resolution.’
- ‘Similarly, unlike many of their continental European neighbours, the English clung to corporal punishment as a penal sanction until well into the twentieth century.’
- ‘Committee members attacked Australian law, which permits corporal punishment within families and at private schools.’
- ‘One of the most common allegations relates to physical abuse and extreme or excessive corporal punishment.’
- ‘Therefore, it was the firm opinion of the Committee that corporal punishment constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.’
- ‘There's a little bit of arrogance in this belief: were our grandparents, most of whom used corporal punishment, really primitive, abusive or unenlightened?’
- ‘More than 90 countries worldwide have abolished corporal punishment in schools and penal systems for youth.’
- ‘One of the allegations was that an educator was still using corporal punishment and had recently assaulted learners by slapping and punching them.’
- ‘How widespread was corporal punishment in prisons, and how widespread is corporal punishment in schools?’
- ‘The British attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, confirmed that a total ban on corporal punishment would criminalise even a mild smack.’
- ‘Thus, by declining to tell parents that they cannot hit their children, the state sanctions their corporal punishment.’
- ‘Restore corporal punishment in schools solely for serious bullying, physical assault and wanton serious damage to property.’
- ‘The outcome of the Tyrer case was that the practice of corporal punishment as a penalty for criminal offenders in the Isle of Man was abandoned.’
- ‘If I can draw on my own experience as a child, the threat of corporal punishment always loomed larger than the punishment itself.’
- ‘The new law will prevent registered childminders from smacking or using any form of corporal punishment against children under eight.’
- ‘Boys are the primary victims of corporal punishment and other types of physical abuse, both at home and in school.’
- ‘The very nature of judicial corporal punishment is that it involves one human being inflicting physical violence on another human being.’
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