political prisoner

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political prisoner

A person who has been imprisoned, detained, or otherwise isolated for involvement in political activity.

political prisoner

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) someone imprisoned for holding, expressing, or acting in accord with particular political beliefs

polit′ical pris′oner

a person who is imprisoned because of political beliefs or offenses.
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Noun1.political prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political viewspolitical prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political views
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
سجين سياسي
politický vězeň
politikai fogoly
pólitískur fangi
politický väzeň
siyasi tutuklu


(ˈpolitiks) noun singular or plural
the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.
poˈlitical adjective
of, or concerning, politics. for political reasons; political studies.
poˈlitically adverb
poˌlitically corˈrect adjective
(also PC) (of language or behaviour) that does not offend particular groups of people. It is politically correct to use `he or she', and not just `he', when you mean a man or a woman.
ˌpoliˈtician (-ˈtiʃən) noun
a person whose job is politics; a member of parliament.
political asylum
protection given by a government to a foreigner who has left his own country for political reasons.
political prisoner
a person who has been imprisoned for political reasons and not for any crime.
political ˈscience noun
a field of study dealing with politics, government and other political institutions.
References in classic literature ?
He told how his vessel had been run down by a steamer; how he had been boarded by Malay pirates; how his ship had caught fire; how he helped a political prisoner escape from a South African republic; how he had been wrecked one fall on the Magdalens and stranded there for the winter; how a tiger had broken loose on board ship; how his crew had mutinied and marooned him on a barren island--these and many other tales, tragic or humorous or grotesque, did Captain Jim relate.
She only knew that there had been an attack upon the prisons, that all political prisoners had been in danger, and that some had been dragged out by the crowd and murdered.
There were some Polish exiles, political prisoners, among them.
Hearing a great noise of footsteps in the hall and aware that political prisoners were brought over sometimes at night from the fortress, he opened the door of the room in which he was working, suddenly.
Fatemeh al-Halvaji, a member of the European-Bahraini Human Rights watchdog, quoted his father Khalil al-Halvaji, who is a political prisoner jailed in al-Hawz al-Jaf, as complaining about being mistreated by the prison guards.
As noted by the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, every year since 1974 we commemorate the liberation of Mahmoud Hijazi, the first Palestinian political prisoner freed in an exchange negotiated by the Palestinian resistance.
We only can confirm the release of one political prisoner from Myitkyina prison.
Summary: Syrian intelligence agents abducted Akram al-Bunni, a prominent leftist writer and former political prisoner, as he left a wedding reception at a central Damascus hotel Saturday, opposition activists said.
Waves of Executions in Iran Sixteen Baluch political prisoners were executed in Zahedan, and another Baluch political prisoner was hanged in Hamadan.
free Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti was symbolically launched on
Around 200 were believed to be behind bars before the announcement by Ye Aung, a member of the government's political prisoner scrutiny committee.
Just hours before Thein Sein left for the US, 23 prisoners, 19 of whom were political, have been released in Myanmar, prompting allegations that the president was using political prisoner releases as a PR tool.