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The auld veelage stocks in Chapeltown, Lancashire, Ingland

A puinishment is the imposeetion o an undesirable or unpleisant ootcome upon a group or individual, metit oot bi an authority—in contexts rangin frae bairn discipline tae creeminal law—as a response an deterrent tae a pairteecular action or behaviour that is deemed undesirable or unacceptable.