from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The revocation of civil rights by a government, especially as a consequence of a felony conviction or treasonous act.
  • noun The loss of civil rights as a consequence of banishment, abjuring the realm, or entry into a religious order.

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  • noun cancellation of civil rights
  • noun the legal status of a person who is alive but who has been deprived of the rights and privileges of a citizen or a member of society; the legal status of one sentenced to life imprisonment


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