Definition of punishing in English:

punishing

adjective

  • 1Physically and mentally demanding; arduous.

    ‘a punishing eight-city book tour’
    • ‘But he can be a punishing runner and has good speed.’
    • ‘Skinner also used a second type of punishing stimulus called the bar slap.’
    • ‘The sun was in a punishing mood even at four in the evening.’
    • ‘They owned the league's most punishing running game, one that gouged out nearly five yards per carry.’
    • ‘Getting shipshape in the New Year doesn't have to be punishing or expensive.’
    • ‘His punishing straight-line style makes up for a lack of a second gear.’
    • ‘Family and friends blamed a punishing work schedule for his collapse.’
    • ‘Veteran coach Robert Waseige, who had heart surgery earlier this year, put his squad through a punishing schedule.’
    • ‘The only man to retire from the punishing demands of the heavyweight category unbowed by defeat in any fight was Rocky Marciano.’
    • ‘The obvious antidote is not taking on such punishing workloads.’
    • ‘Plus he had a punishing travel schedule to keep in touch with his constituents.’
    • ‘He is insatiable in the quest for honours - often putting himself through a punishing schedule.’
    • ‘Running 10 miles in a cross chop is punishing in any boat.’
    • ‘In the winter, Kathy follows a punishing routine of heavy weight training with the help of personal trainer Mike Smith.’
    • ‘To support her family, Ratcliffe plunged into a punishing work schedule.’
    • ‘Those European fires are being fueled in part by a punishing heat wave that's lasted now for more than a week.’
    • ‘The survivors then had to make a punishing trek to an oasis 22 km away, where Haslam died.’
    • ‘He's a punishing runner with great desire who has improved his speed.’
    • ‘Despite his accomplishments, Andrew Carnegie will always be most remembered for punishing labor.’
    • ‘At the starter's pistol, LaBuff, 23, immediately set a punishing early pace.’
    1. 1.1 Severe and debilitating.
      ‘the recession was having a punishing effect on our business’
      • ‘He believed, as virtually every historian now does, that the Treaty of Versailles was unjust and punishing.’
      • ‘Kiarostami is on cutting duties again, and his edit makes for moments of punishing suspense.’
      • ‘The sense of punishing frustration is heightened by the pounding rain in the opening scene, mirrored later by the emergency fire sprinklers that soak Banek's law offices.’
      • ‘Libya's stunning decision yesterday to surrender its weapons of mass destruction followed two decades of international isolation and some of the world's most punishing economic sanctions.’
      • ‘The noise level can be quite punishing, for a start.’
      • ‘Police departments generally tend to put a greater emphasis on punishing failure than on rewarding success.’
      • ‘You really do not expect a fellow human being to wantonly attack your livelihood with such punishing vigour and regularity.’
      • ‘With the punishing economic downturn, police officers in many American cities are confronting what they describe as a surge in property crime.’
      • ‘It was hard to imagine how that merry prankster and mistress of worthy causes could be subject to such punishing mood swings.’
      • ‘Lesson for the kids out there: during a two-week period of punishing humidity, wearing socks is just part of the social contract.’
      • ‘You don't have to be in the path of a catastrophic hurricane to feel its punishing impact.’
      • ‘There are other applications of punishing procedures.’
      • ‘But a private company faces a much more punishing feedback mechanism - namely, bankruptcy - to ensure accountability than any public enterprise.’
      • ‘Ariel Sharon vowing there will be no letup in his punishing policies.’
      • ‘Bearing most of the costs and almost none of the rewards for their work, the vast majority of recording artists complete their contracts under a punishing cloud of debt.’
      • ‘Austrian filmmaker Hubert Sauper paints Tanzania as the victim of a complex and punishing dynamic that exists between industrialized nations and the developing world.’
      • ‘Seven years later, It began a permanent presence in Cuba to expose the true human cost of the punishing U.S. embargo.’
      • ‘Many Hindus were forced to convert to Islam to escape from the punishing taxes.’

Pronunciation

punishing

/ˈpənəʃɪŋ//ˈpənəSHiNG/