civil death


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civil death

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

civil death

n
(Law) law (formerly) the loss of all civil rights because of a serious conviction. See also attainder
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civil death - 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
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
legal status - a status defined by law
2.civil death - cancellation of civil rights
cancellation - the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
Translations
morte civil
References in classic literature ?
He goes for ten years," replied the guard, "which is the same thing as civil death, and all that need be said is that this good fellow is the famous Gines de Pasamonte, otherwise called Ginesillo de Parapilla.
Today, civil death in the US is for the most part lived by felons and convicts--people who, depending on their legal situation, can no longer vote or in other ways participate in civil society.