instrument of punishment

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Noun1.instrument of punishment - an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
cangue - an instrument of punishment formerly used in China for petty criminals; consists of a heavy wooden collar enclosing the neck and arms
cucking stool, ducking stool - an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
paddle - an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board
pillory - a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
stocks - a former instrument of punishment consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes in which the feet (and sometimes the hands) of an offender could be locked
switch - a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
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The United Nations' Human Rights Council, due to meet in 37th session in Geneva on February 26 - March 23, must provide assistance to countries in developing human rights and freedoms mechanisms and not be used as an instrument of punishment, he went on.
"Mr Simpson was a disciplinarian of the old type and didn't spare the rod, or rather the ruler which was his favourite instrument of punishment. "To Mrs Simpson, effi-cient and energetic, many Cardiff boys and girls owe much - there is a memorial to her in our National Museum.
LIMBER JACK A whip or other flexible instrument of punishment. SKIFT A slight or flying shower of rain or snow.
When this aim is not achieved, he said, the prison sentence becomes merely an instrument of punishment and retaliation that affects both the individual and society.

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