Need another word that means the same as “punishing”? Find 9 synonyms and 30 related words for “punishing” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Punishing” are: arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, toilsome
Punishing as an Adjective
Definitions of "Punishing" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “punishing” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Severe and debilitating.
- Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort.
- Physically and mentally demanding; arduous.
Synonyms of "Punishing" as an adjective (9 Words)
|arduous||Taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance- F.D.Roosevelt.|
The arduous work of preparing a dictionary.
|backbreaking||Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort.|
|grueling||Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort.|
A grueling campaign.
|gruelling||Extremely tiring and demanding.|
A gruelling schedule.
|hard||Unfortunate or hard to bear.|
He d had a hard life.
|heavy||Large and powerful especially designed for heavy loads or rough work.|
|laborious||Requiring considerable time and effort.|
Spent many laborious hours on the project.
|operose||Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort.|
|toilsome||Involving hard or tedious work.|
Usage Examples of "Punishing" as an adjective
- Set a punishing pace.
- The recession was having a punishing effect on our business.
- The band's punishing tour schedule.
Associations of "Punishing" (30 Words)
|accuse||Charge (someone) with an offence or crime.|
He was accused of murdering his wife s lover.
|angrily||In a manner resulting from or betraying anger.|
Workers reacted angrily to the announcement.
|arraign||Call before a court to answer an indictment.|
Social workers were relieved it was not they who were arraigned in the tabloids.
|berate||Scold or criticize (someone) angrily.|
She berated herself for being fickle.
|bluntly||In a blunt direct manner.|
He spoke bluntly.
He was castigated for not setting a good example.
|castigation||A severe scolding.|
The director was somewhat chastened by his recent flops.
|chastise||Punish, especially by beating.|
The General cruelly chastised them with a whip.
|chide||Censure severely or angrily.|
Now now he chided.
|demotion||Act of lowering in rank or position.|
Too many demotions would weaken morale.
|errant||Erring or straying from the accepted course or standards.|
That same lady errant.
|impeach||(especially in the US) charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.|
The President was impeached.
|indict||Accuse formally of a crime.|
His former manager was indicted for fraud.
|indiscretion||The trait of being injudicious.|
He knew himself all too prone to indiscretion.
|misdeed||A wicked or illegal act.|
His past misdeeds were forgiven.
|offence||A feeling of anger caused by being offended.|
He made it clear he d taken offence.
|penal||Subject to punishment by law.|
|penalize||Subject to a penalty or punishment.|
The students were penalized for showing up late for class.
|penalty||Points won by the defenders when a declarer fails to make the contract.|
Neglected his health and paid the penalty.
|rebuke||An act or expression of criticism and censure.|
She had rebuked him for drinking too much.
|reproof||An act or expression of criticism and censure.|
A look of reproof.
|reprove||Take to task.|
Don t be childish Hilary he reproved mildly.
|retribution||Punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.|
The swiftness of divine retribution.
|scold||A person who nags or grumbles constantly (typically used of a woman.|
The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger s car.
|spank||Give a spanking to subject to a spanking.|
When his father caught him he got a spank.
|subdue||Get on top of; deal with successfully.|
Charles went on a campaign to subdue the Saxons.
|trespass||Commit an offence against (a person or a set of rules.|
She really must not trespass on his hospitality.
|upbraid||Express criticism towards.|
He was upbraided for his slovenly appearance.
|violator||Someone who violates the law.|
A violator of nature.