Punishment Pun"ish*ment, n. Severe, rough, or disastrous treatment. [Colloq. or Slang], Punishment Pun"ish*ment, n. 1. The act of punishing. 2. Any pain, suffering, or loss inflicted on a person because of a crime or offense. I never gave them condign punishment. --Shak. The rewards and punishments of another life. --Locke. 3. (Law) A penalty inflicted by a court of justice on a convicted offender as a just retribution, and incidentally for the purposes of reformation and prevention.