Key Words Glossary 8.4

Unit 8.4:  Religion: crime and punishment


Unit 8.4: Addiction



A recurring compulsion to engage in an activity regardless of its bad effects

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Unit 8.4: Capital punishment



The death penalty for a crime or offence

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Unit 8.4: Crime




An act against the law

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Unit 8.4: Deterrence



The idea that punishments should be of such a nature that they will put people off (deter) committing the crime

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Unit 8.4: Judgement



The act of judging people and their actions

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Unit 8.4: Justice



Due allocation of reward and punishment/the maintenance of what is right

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Unit 8.4: Law



Rules made by Parliament and enforceable by the courts

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Unit 8.4: Reform



The idea that punishments should try to change criminals so that they will not commit crimes again

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Unit 8.4: Rehabilitation




Restore to normal life

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Unit 8.4: Responsibility




Being responsible for one’s actions

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Unit 8.4: Retribution



The idea that punishments should make criminals pay for what they have done wrong

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Unit 8.4: Sin




An act against the will of God

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