how to pronounce punishing


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the above transcription of punishing is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

punishing is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of punishing in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it's again punishing people for the acts …”

meanings of punishing


  1. Debilitating, harsh.
  2. That punishes physically and/or mentally; arduous, gruelling, demanding.


  1. Punishment.


  1. Present participle of punish.

punishing frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word punishing occurs in english on average 2.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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