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IMPRISONMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imprisonment mean? 

IMPRISONMENT (noun)
  The noun IMPRISONMENT has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: IMPRISONMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPRISONMENT (noun)


Sense 1imprisonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("imprisonment" is a kind of...):

penalisation; penalization; penalty; punishment (the act of punishing)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 2imprisonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being imprisoned

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

captivity; immurement; incarceration; imprisonment

Context examples:

he was held in captivity until he died / the imprisonment of captured soldiers / his ignominious incarceration in the local jail / he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon

Hypernyms ("imprisonment" is a kind of...):

confinement (the state of being confined)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imprisonment"):

durance (imprisonment (especially for a long time))

life imprisonment (a sentence of imprisonment until death)

internment (confinement during wartime)


Sense 3imprisonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

internment; imprisonment

Hypernyms ("imprisonment" is a kind of...):

confinement (the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imprisonment"):

lockdown (the act of confining prisoners to their cells (usually to regain control during a riot))

false imprisonment ((law) confinement without legal authority)

custody (holding by the police)


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