Synonyms of punish in English:


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1‘some parents punish their children harder than they should’


penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of

tan someone's hide, whip someone's hide

informal get, scalp, murder, wallop, thump, give it to someone, throw the book at, come down on, come down on like a ton of bricks, have someone's guts for garters, skin alive

British informal drop on, give someone what for

North American informal tear down

dated chastise

archaic chasten, recompense, visit


pardon, exonerate

2‘Boro's in-form strikers will be quick to punish any mistakes by United's defence’


exploit, take advantage of, put to advantage, use, make use of, turn to account, turn to one's account, profit by, profit from, capitalize on, cash in on, trade on

informal walk all over

3‘a new rise in prescription charges would punish the poor’


treat harshly, treat unfairly, be unfair to, unfairly disadvantage, put at an unfair disadvantage, put in an unfavourable position, handicap, do a disservice to, make someone suffer, hurt, wrong, ill-use, maltreat