Need another word that means the same as “penalty”? Find 14 synonyms and 30 related words for “penalty” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Penalty” are: penalisation, penalization, punishment, sanction, retribution, penance, disadvantage, difficulty, drawback, handicap, snag, downside, minus, detriment
Penalty as a Noun
Definitions of "Penalty" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “penalty” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- A punishment imposed for breaking a law, rule, or contract.
- The disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition.
- The act of punishing.
- (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game.
- A payment required for not fulfilling a contract.
- A handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game.
- A kick or shot awarded to a team because of an infringement of the rules by an opponent.
- (in sports and games) a handicap imposed on a player or team for infringement of rules.
- A disadvantage suffered as the result of an action or situation.
- Points won by the defenders when a declarer fails to make the contract.
Synonyms of "Penalty" as a noun (14 Words)
|detriment||A damage or loss.|
Such tests are a detriment to good education.
|difficulty||A thing that is hard to accomplish, deal with, or understand.|
They agreed about the difficulty of the climb.
|disadvantage||An unfavourable circumstance or condition that reduces the chances of success or effectiveness.|
A major disadvantage is the limited nature of the data.
|downside||A negative aspect of something that is generally positive.|
There is a downside even to motherhood.
|drawback||An amount of excise or import duty remitted on goods exported.|
He pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan.
|handicap||A race or contest in which a handicap is imposed.|
He was born with a significant visual handicap.
Four minus three equals one.
|penalisation||The act of punishing.|
|penalization||The act of punishing.|
|penance||Voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing.|
He had done public penance for those hasty words.
|punishment||A penalty inflicted as retribution for an offence.|
She assisted her husband to escape punishment for the crime.
|retribution||Punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.|
|sanction||Measures taken by a state to coerce another to conform to an international agreement or norms of conduct, typically in the form of restrictions on trade or official sporting participation.|
The United States had agreed to lift economic sanctions.
|snag||A rent or tear in fabric caused by a snag.|
Dozens of species of birds and mammals use standing snags for nesting.
Usage Examples of "Penalty" as a noun
- A penalty corner.
- The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years' imprisonment.
- The cold never leaves my bones these days—one of the penalties of age.
- She only incurred 6.40 penalties for time on cross-country.
- Neglected his health and paid the penalty.
Associations of "Penalty" (30 Words)
|abeyance||Temporary cessation or suspension.|
Matters were held in abeyance pending further enquiries.
|accuse||Claim that (someone) has done something wrong.|
He was accused of murdering his wife s lover.
|berate||Scold or criticize (someone) angrily.|
She berated herself for being fickle.
|castigate||Inflict severe punishment on.|
He was castigated for not setting a good example.
|castigation||A severe scolding.|
The director was somewhat chastened by his recent flops.
He chastised his colleagues for their laziness.
|comeuppance||An outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved and fitting.|
He got his comeuppance in the end.
|demotion||Act of lowering in rank or position.|
She could remain on the staff if she accepted demotion to ordinary lecturer.
|disciplinary||Concerning or enforcing discipline.|
A soldier will face disciplinary action after going absent without leave.
|errant||Travelling in search of adventure.|
That same lady errant.
|felony||A crime regarded in the US and many other judicial systems as more serious than a misdemeanour.|
An accusation of felony.
|gibbet||Hang up a body on a gibbet.|
Poor Melbourne is gibbeted in The Times.
|misbehavior||Improper or wicked or immoral behavior.|
|misdeed||Improper or wicked or immoral behavior.|
His past misdeeds were forgiven.
|penal||(of an act or offence) punishable by law.|
The campaign for penal reform.
|penalize||Impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on.|
Section twenty penalizes possession of a firearm when trespassing.
|punish||Impose a penalty on inflict punishment on.|
I have done wrong and I m being punished for it.
|punitive||Inflicting or intended as punishment.|
A current punitive interest rate of 31 3 per cent.
|rebuke||An act or expression of criticism and censure.|
The judge publicly rebuked the jury.
|reprimand||Address a reprimand to.|
Officials were reprimanded for poor work.
|reproof||Censure severely or angrily.|
She welcomed him with a mild reproof for leaving her alone.
|retribution||The act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life.|
Minos threatened war against Athens in retribution for his son s death.
|retributive||Given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts.|
|scold||Someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault.|
His mother was the village scold.
|spank||Give a spanking to subject to a spanking.|
She was spanked for spilling ink on the carpet.
|subdue||Bring under control by force or authority.|
Charles went on a campaign to subdue the Saxons.
|suspension||Temporary cessation or suspension.|
Modifications have been made to the car s rear suspension.
|vindicatory||Given or inflicted in requital according to merits or deserts.|
|violator||Someone who assaults others sexually.|
Monica is able to name the violators of her body.