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death penalty a sentence of death as punishment for a crime; capital punishment.
penalty box an enclosure to the side of a hockey rink where penalized players must stay.
penalty kick in soccer, a free kick from a point 12 feet in front of the goal and with only the goalie defending, awarded to one team to penalize a violation by the other team. [2 definitions]
penalty shot in ice hockey, a free shot at the goal taken by a player from the four meter line after skating in from the center spot, usu. awarded when the opposing team has illegally prevented a goal.