[ US /ˈpɛnəɫti/ ]
[ UK /pˈɛnə‍lti/ ]
  1. (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
  2. the act of punishing
  3. a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
  4. the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
    neglected his health and paid the penalty
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How To Use penalty In A Sentence

  • The right back found himself in unfamiliar territory in the opposing penalty area after a swift exchange of passes that opened up Reading's defence. Times, Sunday Times
  • Pulling one back with another penalty - this time converted by the regular taker - they finally conceded a third. The Sun
  • But a surge in thefts of treasured relics from ancient temples and monuments has reached such a level that an agonised debate has begun over bringing back the death penalty.
  • He was brought down in the penalty area.
  • There was a sense of disorganisation at times, as in the 20th minute when Gabriel Heinze pumped an innocuous-looking high ball towards the penalty area which Brown and Smalling both went to clear and then left to one another. Chris Smalling helps make a shaky case for Manchester United's defence
  • The maximum penalty for running grog into a restricted area is $1000 or six months for a first offence, and $2000 or 12 months for a second, plus forfeiture of the vehicle or aircraft.
  • The state death penalty law was nullified in 1977.
  • Stanley M.. Brand, a Democratic former House general counsel, said the penalty seemed personal rather than political.
  • Owen had a much more convincing penalty appeal just before half-time, but Andreas Dober somehow got away with a blatant, over-the-top foul.
  • The $1.65 million penalty is piddling to the huge banks.
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