Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confinement in a place, especially a prison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of imprisoning, or the state of being imprisoned: confinement in or as if in prison; any forcible restraint within bounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being imprisoned
  • n. putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment
  • n. the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)

Etymologies

imprison +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term, €˜rigorous imprisonment€ ™, has become an oxymoron € "prisoners now prefer and are allowed a life of leisure. €œIf a person is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment, he has to compulsorily do some menial work like washing vessels or mopping floors.

    The Times of India

  • “I have just learned,” resumed the nun, “that your conduct this morning, which is understood to have thrown a premeditated insult upon the abbess, is to be punished with what they call imprisonment; alas! why should I soften the truth, — with what I believe is death itself, for who ever returned alive from that hideous chamber.”

    The Italian

  • The most profound effect of my imprisonment is the positive realization of the freedoms and liberties that our country affords to its citizens by the

    Brown, Paul G.

  • It can also take the form of short term imprisonment, which is demonstrative to the offender both that society is serious about enforcing its basic norms and how disruptive and problematic a longer incarceration could be to the life of the offender and his family; hopefully, the combination will deter further violations.

    Crimlaw

  • To insist that she now request a pardon and admit guilt or wrongdoing merely to justify her unjustified 2 year imprisonment is simply unfair.

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: The Ghost and the Spirit

  • "Mr. Rajaratnam is not a healthy man, and his death will be hastened by a term of imprisonment," his lawyers said.

    Judge Upholds Galleon Founder's Conviction

  • • Made changes to the wording of the old section 1 CMA and increased the term of imprisonment

    Gary Lee Walters: Phone Hacking - Not Just a Phone Crime?

  • Imagine a legal regime in which a criminal could be sentenced to either a term of imprisonment or a form of torture terrible enough to make it nearly equivalent to the jail time—and, after undergoing it, they would be released.

    Illogical But Not Unjust

  • If imprisonment is the penalty there may be some issues of privilege (or getting ahold of him should he stay in Washington).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Recalls of U.S. Senators Are Unconstitutional

  • What other than incapacitation, e.g., imprisonment, is likely to be effective?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Casual Sexual Relationships … Have Their Obvious Advantages”

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