→ What punishment do you think might be appropriate?
→ The man is guilty and he deserves punishment.
Punishment and prison sentences cannot reform the hardened criminal. Les punitions et les peines de prisons ne peuvent réformer les criminels endurcis.
The usual punishment is a fine. La sanction habituelle est une amende.
(=corporal punishment) punitions fpl corporelles
→ a group which campaigns against the physical punishment of children