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    Desert

    Because of several definitions in dictionary, I can't ascertain and confirm which should be the actual meaning even I have already checked the captioned word from dictionary. Does it refer to withdraw from something despite of responsibility or duty?

    Would you please advise the appropriate definition of "desert" in the sentence below. Thanks!

    "What is significant in this approach is that while punishment is acknowledged as having both an expressive and a preventive purpose, the account remains retributivist in character since both the occasion and the amount of punishment must be fixed by reference to desert rather than prevention."....Extracted from P.61, Criminal Law, The Fifth version, William Wilson
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    Re: Desert

    The popular definition of desert is a hot, dry land that is mostly devoid of vegetation. But another definition of desert is a very cold land that is mostly devoid of vegetation, Another definition refers to an area of water that contains no life.

    That said, I cannot understand what it means in your sentence.

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    Re: Desert

    As a legal term, it's used as the singular version of the normally plural deserts.

    • something that is deserved or merited; just reward or punishmentHe has now received his deserts.
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    Re: Desert

    In a society, it is generally agreed that, when one has committed a crime, there must be punishment. Few would argue with this but there are two ways to think about it:

    1. Punishment is a form of 'revenge' for society. How outraged are the people? What punishment will satisfy them so they feel better? "Let the punishment fit the crime." "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." If I steal from a Widows and Orphans fund I should receive a greater punishment than if I steal the same amount of money from a bank.

    2. Punishment should act as an example- a deterrent to others. 'I'm not gonna do that- I could go to prison!' 'I hate that guy so much I could kill him, but I'm not surrendering my own life just to get even- I need to be there for my kids.'

    The writer in your example prefers #1.

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    Re: Desert

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I think that many students may wish to add this expression to their vocabulary.

    Mr. ____ was a very bad ruler. He was eventually overthrown by the people and had to go into exile for the rest of his life. No one felt sorry for him, for they felt that he had received his just deserts." [What he deserved.]

    CAREFUL: Not "desserts" (that delicious part of any dinner), but one DOES pronounce "desert" in "just deserts" as one pronounces "dessert" in "Ice cream and pie are my favorite desserts."

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    Re: Desert

    I have to apologize. I had no idea that "desert" in "just deserts" was spelled that way. Learn something new every day.

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    Re: Desert

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I I had no idea that "desert" in "just deserts" was spelled that way.
    You are not alone

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    Re: Desert

    I rather like the idea that it might be spelt "just desserts" - perhaps we all deserve more cake!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Desert

    I've seen it used more than once as the punning title of a cookery book and articles.

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    Re: Desert

    I have used it as the title for one of my murder mystery productions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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