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 Dictionary entry overview: What does corporal punishment mean? 

  The noun CORPORAL PUNISHMENT has 1 sense:

1. the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

  Familiarity information: CORPORAL PUNISHMENT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

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Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("corporal punishment" is a kind of...):

penalisation; penalization; penalty; punishment (the act of punishing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "corporal punishment"):

beating; drubbing; lacing; licking; thrashing; trouncing; whacking (the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows)

electric shock (the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture)

capital punishment; death penalty; executing; execution (putting a condemned person to death)

gantlet; gauntlet (a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim)

kick in the butt (punishment inflicted by kicking the victim in the behind)

lapidation; stoning (pelting with stones; punishment inflicted by throwing stones at the victim (even unto death))

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