Definitions English

  • A punishment established by law or authority for a crime or offense.
  • Something, especially a sum of money, required as a forfeit for an offense.
  • The disadvantage or painful consequences resulting from an action or condition: neglected his health and paid the penalty.
  • Sports A punishment, handicap, or loss of advantage imposed on a team or competitor for infraction of a rule.
  • Sports An infraction of a rule; a foul.
  • Games Points scored in contract bridge by the opponents when the declarer fails to make a bid. Often used in the plural.