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noun     punishment pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a way in which someone is punished

    He had to clean up the mess as a punishment.

    punishment for:

    A 1994 law increased punishments for overloaded trucks.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of punishing someone, or of being punished

    He has cheated people and escaped punishment.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] rough treatment that a person or thing suffers

    A hire car has to take a lot of punishment.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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