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Meaning of corporal punishment

cor'poral pun'ishment

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  1. physical punishment, as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime: formerly included the death penalty, sentencing to a term of years, etc.
  2. physical punishment, as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority.
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