Privilege vs Punishment - What's the difference?

privilege | punishment |

As nouns the difference between privilege and punishment

is that privilege is while punishment is the act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.


Alternative forms

* priviledg (obsolete) * priviledge (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden; a prerogative; advantage; franchise; preferential treatment.
  • All first-year professors here must teach four courses a term, yet you're only teaching one! What entitled you to such a privilege ?
  • The status or existence of such benefit or advantage.
  • In order to advance racial equality in the United States, what we've got to do is reduce white privilege .
  • (legal) A common law doctrine that protects certain communications from being used as evidence in court.
  • ''Your honor, my client is not required to answer that; her response is protected by attorney-client privilege .
  • (finance) A call, put, spread, or other option.
  • (computing) An ability to perform an action on the system that can be selectively granted or denied to users; permission.
  • Synonyms

    * prerogative, immunity, freelage, franchise, right, claim, liberty, advantage, foredeal

    Derived terms

    * cisprivilege


  • (archaic) To grant some particular right or exemption to; to invest with a peculiar right or immunity; to authorize; as, to privilege representatives from arrest.
  • (archaic) To bring or put into a condition of privilege or exemption from evil or danger; to exempt; to deliver.
  • punishment



    (en noun)
  • The act or process of punishing, imposing and/or applying a sanction.
  • A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime.
  • A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution
  • (figuratively) Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished; rough handling
  • a vehicle that can take a lot of punishment


    * castigation * punition * beating


    * reward


    * retribution

    Derived terms

    * corporal punishment * mirror punishment * (l)