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Definition 1: the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for imprisonment in the sense of this definition

(imprisonment is a kind of ...) the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) the act of confining prisoners to their cells (usually to regain control during a riot)

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) (law) confinement without legal authority

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) holding by the police

"the suspect is in custody"

Definition 2: putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment - [noun denoting act]

(imprisonment is a kind of ...) the act of punishing

(imprisonment belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: the state of being imprisoned - [noun denoting state]

Samples where imprisonment or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for imprisonment in the sense of this definition

(imprisonment is a kind of ...) the state of being confined

"he was held in confinement"

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) imprisonment (especially for a long time)

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) a sentence of imprisonment until death

(... is a kind of imprisonment ) confinement during wartime

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