What does the word penalty mean?

Usage examples for penalty

  1. Let Justice punish them, and Mercy put her arms around them; let them be appealed to by penalty and by reason, and by every influence, human and Divine, that can possibly be brought to bear upon them. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. But it is a truth which is so revealed; and we may not, upon a penalty more terrible than death, neglect any ultimate truth concerning our mortal way. – On Something by H. Belloc
  3. Every man shall keep a sufficient fence against his neighbour under the same penalty. – A Short History of English Agriculture by W. H. R. Curtler