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corporal punishment
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Definition the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  • The school district has not permitted corporal punishment in decades.
  • When will you Australians learn? In America we stopped using corporal punishment, and things have never been better! The streets are safe. Old people strut confidently through the darkest alleys. And the weak and nerdy are admired for their computer-programming abilities. So, like us, let your children run wild and free, because, as the old saying goes, "let your children run wild and free".
    Homer Simpson (animated television character)  --  The Simpsons (series created by Matt Groening)
  • Some nations have outlawed corporal punishment of children by their parents.
  • ...one of the sources of the child's own inadequate development is the model of open violence provided by the parent who has resorted repeatedly to corporal punishment...
    Sydney Smith  --  quoted by by Karl Menninger in The Crime of Punishment
  • He was in a state of physical suffering as if from corporal punishment, and could not avoid expressing it by cries of anger and distress.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • How foolish to object that there was something particularly ignominious about blows administered as corporal punishment.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In the Japanese military of that era, corporal punishment was routine practice.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • "Corporal punishment in schools was forbidden by law," he had gone on.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Of course, corporal punishment was forbidden in the schools.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Corporal punishment was seldom used; it wasn't necessary.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Reactionary as it is, corporal punishment is better than nothing.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • When he found out that corporal punishment was not my trump card, he spent his whole life improvising irritations to test my self-control.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch strictly forbade Grigory to use corporal punishment to the boy, and began allowing him to come upstairs to him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "I don't approve of corporal punishment, especially for girls.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Eustace (of course) was at a school where they didn't have corporal punishment, so the sensation was quite new to him.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • He did not resort to corporal punishment, but to all the petty, tyrannical ways that human ingenuity could devise.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • America's sensitivity to corporal punishment ran counter to nearly everything that Beatrice and many refugee mothers had learned about keeping kids in line.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Certainly, it was now the men who were problematic, and there was stiff penalty and corporal punishment for anyone known to be infected and not seeking treatment.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She went to school up to the eighth grade, but then, after her marriage at age twelve to a sixteen-year-old boy, she was subjected to constant corporal punishment.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The Lightwoods weren't given to corporal punishment—quite a change from being brought up by Valentine, who'd concocted all sorts of painful castigations to encourage obedience.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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