cruel and unusual punishment

Definition of "cruel and unusual punishment"
  1. A punishment that significantly exceeds what is appropriate for the crime in question, or one that is shocking to ordinary sensibilities, akin to torture, and thus prohibited under the Eighth Amendment
How to use "cruel and unusual punishment" in a sentence
  1. Their rights were violated when they were subjected to cruel and unusual punishment for a minor offense.
  2. The judge determined that the proposed sentencing constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
  3. The activist fought against the use of cruel and unusual punishment in the criminal justice system.

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