(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. discipline, correct, chastise, chasten, castigate, penalize, sentence, train, reprove, scold, lecture, fine, incarcerate, imprison, immure, expel, execute, exile, behead, hang, electrocute, dismiss, disbar, disbench, defrock, whip, masthead, keelhaul, smite, spank, paddle, beat, thrash, trounce, flog, birch, switch, cuff, inflict penalty, visit punishment, blacklist, blackball, make an example of, give it to*, come down hard on*, attend to*, crack down on*, make it hot for*, pitch into*, give a dressing-down*, light into*, lick*, bring to book*, teach one a lesson*, lower the boom*, ground*, throw the book at*, give one one's comeuppance*, give what for*, fix*; see also banish 1 , beat 2 , censure , imprison , kill 1 , scold .
Syn.- punish implies the infliction of some penalty on a wrongdoer and generally connotes retribution rather than correction [ to punish a murderer by hanging ] ; discipline suggests punishment that is intended to control or to establish habits of self-control [ to discipline a naughty child ] ; correct suggests punishment for the purpose of overcoming faults [ to correct unruly pupils ] ; chastise may imply severe rebuke or, more usually, corporal punishment and connotes both retribution and correction; castigate now implies punishment by severe public criticism or censure [ to castigate a corrupt official ] ; chasten implies the infliction of tribulation in order to make obedient, meek, subdued, etc. [ ""He chastens and hastens His will to make known'', a chastening experience ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
penalize, discipline, correct, chasten, chastise, teach a lesson, castigate, reprove, *come down hard on, *lower the boom on, fine, sentence, whip, flog, beat, thrash, torture, *slap one's wrist.
ANT.: reward, praise, commend
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To subject (one) to a penalty for a wrong: castigate, chastise, correct, discipline, penalize. See REWARD.

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