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A penalty is generally a punishment, and may refer to:

In law:

  • Penalty, a sentence (decree of punishment) issued by a court or judge
  • Penalty, sanctions imposed by a court or judge

In sports:

In arts and entertainment:

In religion and freemasonry:

See also:

Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

From Wikisource

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Poems of Passion (1883)

Because of the fullness of what I had
        All that I have seems void and vain.
If I had not been happy I were not sad;
        Though my salt is savorless, why complain?

From the ripe perfection of what was mine,
        All that is mine seems worse than naught;
Yet I know as I sit in the dark and pine,
        No cup could be drained which had not been fraught.

From the throb and thrill of a day that was,
        The day that now is seems dull with gloom;
Yet I bear its dullness and darkness because
        'Tis but the reaction of glow and bloom.

From the royal feast which of old was spread
        I am starved on the diet which now is mine;
Yet I could not turn hungry from water and bread,
        If I had not been sated on fruit and wine.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PENALTY (Lat. poena, punishment), in its original meaning, a punishment inflicted for some violation of the law or rule of conduct. Although still freely used in its original sense in such phrases, for example, as "the death penalty," "the penalty of rashness," &c., the more usual meaning attached to the word is that of a pecuniary mulct. Penalty is used specifically for a sum of money recovered by virtue of a penal statute, or recoverable in a court of summary jurisdiction for infringement of a statute. A sum of money agreed upon to be paid in case of non-performance of a condition in a bond or in breach of a contract or any stipulation of it is also termed a penalty (see Damages).

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Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

A penalty is most often a punishment, and may also mean:

  • in law:
    • Sentence (law), for example the death penalty
    • Sanctions (law), a punishment for violating rules of procedure, or for abusing the judicial process.
  • in sports:
    • getting a Penalty (American football) gets a punishment for your team's rule infraction
    • getting a Penalty kick (football)/(soccer) gets a "reward" for the other team's rule infraction, or refers to the tiebreak procedure where there has been no rule infraction, and there is neither a punishment nor a reward. See also Penalty area.
    • in Contract Bridge and other card games a penalty can be both an "intra-game" scoring bonus which is not associated with any rule infraction, or an "extra-game" punishment for a rule infraction such as a "revoke".
    • Penalty (ice hockey). See also Penalty box.
    • Penalty (rugby)
    • Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer)
    • in other sports or games, penalties may be referred to as fouls or faults
  • in finance and banking:
    • a payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment
    • a fee required for missing a deadline or some other violation, as with a tax penalty
  • In entertainment:
    • The Penalty, a film.


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