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penalty

pen·al·ty

penalty

 
 
pronunciation:
pe nl ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: penalties
definition 1: a punishment given for breaking a law, rule, or agreement.
The penalty for robbery is usually jail.
synonyms:
forfeit, punishment
similar words:
damages, discipline, fine, sanction
definition 2: a punishment or disadvantage given in sports to a player or team that breaks a rule.
Our football team was given a penalty of five yards for an illegal move.
 
similar words:
handicap
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