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Death row is the most restrictive punitive confinement permitted.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
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  • Death row is the most restrictive punitive confinement permitted.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Moving was a lesson in punitive anatomy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He had been trained in coded field communications to take advantage of his obvious intelligence, and to avoid the likely consequences of his physical immaturity if he were an infantry regular, which would be certain injury and possible death at the punitive hands of superiors, long before an enemy confronted him.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s an unrelenting, punitive, miserable existence.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client

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  • No action could be taken when punitive squadrons joined the people they had been sent to punish.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Commander, instead, smells of mothballs, or is this odor some punitive form of aftershave?
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Or I shall have to take some severe punitive measures.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • He means to test us, and something punitive comes next.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • EST isn’t always used for punitive measures, as our nurse uses it, and it isn’t pure sadism on the staff’s part, either.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • If the death penalty is ever to be imposed for desertion, it should be imposed in this case, not as a punitive measure nor as retribution, but to maintain that discipline upon which alone an army can succeed against the enemy.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • Physical modesty in such cramped quarters 1 The fine for killing alligators appears to be a conservation measure and means of controlling turtles, not a punitive action against the Negroes, though few Negroes realize this.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Mason’s manner was snarling, punitive, sinister, bitterly sarcastic.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was a more effective, and more demoralizing, treatment than any punitive action could have been.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Presently Troutham grew tired of his punitive task, and depositing the quivering boy on his legs, took a sixpence from his pocket and gave it him in payment for his day’s work, telling him to go home and never let him see him in one of those fields again.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The ban on phone calls was, then, purely punitive, just as the pepper-spraying of the child-man had been born of a combination of opportunity, cruelty, ambivalence, and sport.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • "Nothing is right!" And she would make me stand and endure a punitive silence, a comment on myself and my foolishness, overgrown and long-legged in my short pants, large-headed, with black mass of hair and cleft chin—a source of jokes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Our cultural heritage will be lost to a whole generation, excluded by a punitive financial barrier.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • And as if punitive taxation, the destruction of their property, and all their other sufferings were not enough, they are subjected to pogroms, insults, and accusations that they lack patriotism.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • She got cavity-searched every day for a month once, right after she had spoken up at a meeting and suggested that her supervisor might be on the wrong track with a major programming project It was punitive and vicious, she knew it was, but she always wanted to give something back to her country, and whenever you work for the Feds you just accept the fact that there’s going to be some politicking.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • When I first went to death row in December 1983, America was in the early stages of a radical transformation that would turn us into an unprecedentedly harsh and punitive nation and result in mass imprisonment that has no historical parallel.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Terrified by the punitive measures of the Whites, all the peasants of the surrounding countryside had fled from their homes and now sought to join the partisans, whom they regarded as their natural protectors.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He was saying that Christianity originally was aimed at the lowly and slaves, and that was why crucifixion and nailing and all such punitive grandeur of martyrdom were necessary.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Fainting repeatedly from loss of blood, the dying man told them in a faltering voice of the tortures and atrocities perpetrated by Vitsyn’s investigating and punitive squads.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But just because of it, the punitive organs that are to be abolished will be in all the greater hurry to settle their local accounts before the end, and they will be all the more savage.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Guilford to be more charitable and punitive than otherwise, and because plainly, if not verifiably, it was from that Miss X of repute or notoriety in connection with his trial, it was decided, after due deliberation, that Clyde should be permitted to read it—even that it was best that he should.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • punitive justice
  • punitive damages
  • Then she landed a punitive expedition to march to Peking.
    London, Jack  --  The Strength of the Strong
  • It had this unique feature, that both sides lay open to punitive attack.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War in the Air
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