condemned cell

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condemned cell

n
(Law) a prison cell in which a person condemned to death awaits execution
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Translations
زنْزانَةُ المَحْكوم عَلَيْهِ بالأعْدام
cela smrti
dødscelle
siralomház
dauîaklefi
cela smrti
ölüm hücresi

condemned cell

nbraccio della morte
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

condemn

(kənˈdem) verb
1. to criticize as morally wrong or evil. Everyone condemned her for being cruel to her child.
2. to sentence to (a punishment). She was condemned to death.
3. to declare (a building) to be unfit to use. These houses have been condemned.
condemnation (kondemˈneiʃən) noun
condemned cell
a cell for a prisoner under sentence of death.
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References in classic literature ?
Here, he was searched, that he might not have about him the means of anticipating the law; this ceremony performed, they led him to one of the condemned cells, and left him there--alone.
Moreover, my dungeon, as well as all the condemned cells at Toledo, had stone floors, and light was not altogether excluded.
He struck a light as they entered the dark corridor leading to the condemned cell, and then said in his most civil tone, "It'll be pretty nigh dark in the cell a'ready, but I can stop with my light a bit, if you like."
For what oil he'll get from that drugged whale there, wouldn't be fit to burn in a jail; no, not in a condemned cell. And as for the other whale, why, I'll agree to get more oil by chopping up and trying out these three masts of ours, than he'll get from that bundle of bones; though, now that I think of it, it may contain something worth a good deal more than oil; yes, ambergris.
figure By ODHIAMBO LEVIN OPIYO On this day at the break of dawn 62 years ago, Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi was led from the condemned cells to the execution shed inside Kamiti Maximum Prison, where he was hanged.Kimathi had been on the run for almost four years, after the colonial government launched a manhunt for him in 1952 for engaging in "subversive activities".