Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A house in which prisoners are kept; a jail; a place of confinement.

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Examples

  • It reads like a report from some monstrous hell, rather than from a civilized prison-house of the twentieth century.

    Jack London's Nonfiction Collection of Unpublished Book Forwards

  • In truth, as is the way with all children, the shades of the prison-house closed about me, and I remembered my mighty past no more.

    Chapter 17

  • Appealing to the author's externally articulated "intention" can neither rescue a failed fiction from its flaws nor doom an otherwise rewarding work to the prison-house of the author's alleged ideological derelictions.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • And therefore we want to avoid any sort of determinism in the realm of scientific inquiry; we want it not to be the case that the sociologist is trapped in the "prison-house" of ideas and social context that surround him/her.

    History of sociology as sociology

  • And therefore we want to avoid any sort of determinism in the realm of scientific inquiry; we want it not to be the case that the sociologist is trapped in the "prison-house" of ideas and social context that surround him/her.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • But Reichardt is too subtle to insist on the point: the firs may be shades of the prison-house, or they may just be trees.

    Metronatural America

  • Uku Masing 1909-1985 spent his childhood in the Russian Empire, and after the age of thirty was again confined to the prison-house of the Soviet Union.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Emerge, I pray you, for a while from your prison-house, and paint before your eyes the reward of your present toil, a reward which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man.

    The Virgin and St Jerome

  • “Well,” answered the elder Philipson, “if you, my friend, and son, come, as I judge from your arms and countenance as conquerors, and at liberty — ill, if you come to share my prison-house.”

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Hast thou not, despite the honour thou owest to thy parents, the faith that is due to thy religion, the truth that is due to thy king, been so carried away by the charms of this beautiful sorceress, that thou wouldst have helped her to escape from her prison-house, and lent her thine arm again to ascend the throne, which she had made a place of abomination? —

    The Abbot

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