Definition of corporal punishment in US English:

corporal punishment


  • 1Physical punishment, such as caning or flogging.

    • ‘More than 90 countries worldwide have abolished corporal punishment in schools and penal systems for youth.’
    • ‘Committee members attacked Australian law, which permits corporal punishment within families and at private schools.’
    • ‘The very nature of judicial corporal punishment is that it involves one human being inflicting physical violence on another human being.’
    • ‘Opponents of corporal punishment argue that frequent physical punishment interferes with the teaching of nonviolent modes of conflict resolution.’
    • ‘Therefore, it was the firm opinion of the Committee that corporal punishment constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.’
    • ‘One of the most common allegations relates to physical abuse and excessive corporal punishment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the allegations was that an educator was still using corporal punishment and had recently assaulted learners by slapping and punching them.’
    • ‘Restore corporal punishment in schools solely for serious bullying, physical assault and wanton serious damage to property.’
    • ‘Thus, by declining to tell parents that they cannot hit their children, the state sanctions their corporal punishment.’
    • ‘Similarly, unlike many of their continental European neighbours, the English clung to corporal punishment as a penal sanction until well into the twentieth century.’
    • ‘The government needs to forget the new smacking law and bring back corporal punishment.’
    • ‘One of the most common allegations relates to physical abuse and extreme or excessive corporal punishment.’
    • ‘Boys are the primary victims of corporal punishment and other types of physical abuse, both at home and in school.’
    • ‘The new law will prevent registered childminders from smacking or using any form of corporal punishment against children under eight.’
    • ‘There's a little bit of arrogance in this belief: were our grandparents, most of whom used corporal punishment, really primitive, abusive or unenlightened?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If I can draw on my own experience as a child, the threat of corporal punishment always loomed larger than the punishment itself.’
    beating, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, battering, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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    1. 1.1 Punishment under law that includes imprisonment and death.


corporal punishment

/ˈkɔrp(ə)rəl ˈpənɪʃmənt//ˈkôrp(ə)rəl ˈpəniSHmənt/