Definition of overpunish in US English:

overpunish

verb

  • with object To punish excessively or more than is deserved.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Whately (1583–1639), Church of England clergyman and puritan preacher. From over- + punish.

Pronunciation

overpunish

/ˌəʊvəˈpʌnɪʃ/