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pun·ish·ing

punishing

 
pronunciation:
puh nih shing
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: causing injury or exhaustion, usually by requiring strenuous physical effort.
Years of punishing labor in the mines had ruined his health.The soldiers marched on through the blizzard and its punishing wind.
similar words:
burdensome, demanding, exhausting, harsh, taxing
definition 2: designed as a punishment.
The government instituted punishing fines in order to contain illegal importation.
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