instrument of punishment

  1. an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
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  • Precisely because prison is an instrument of punishment in the retributivist view, and retributive punishment must be proportionate in some reprobative way to the degree of harm which the offender caused, a retributive sentence of imprisonment must not be excessive, must have definite limits. Prisons & Punishment
  • An instrument of punishment formerly much used in England, but never, we think, introduced into this country, called the "brank," or "scold's bridle," or "gossip's bridle," is thus described by Mr.L. Jewitt, The Olden Time Series, Vol. 5: Some Strange and Curious Punishments Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts
  • An instrument of punishment no longer in use, consisting of a chair in which the offender was tied and exposed to public derision or ducked in water.
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