solitary confinement


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solitary confinement

n.
The confinement of a prisoner in isolation from all other prisoners, especially as an additional punishment or for the safety of the prisoner.

solitary confinement

n
(Law) isolation imposed on a prisoner, as by confinement in a special cell

sol′itary confine′ment


n.
confinement of a prisoner in a cell or other place in isolation from others.
[1775–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solitary confinement - confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisonerssolitary confinement - confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners; "he was held in solitary"
confinement - the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement"
Translations
حَبْس إنْفِرادي
samovazba
isolationsfængsel
magánzárka
einangrun
samotka
hücre hapsi

solitary confinement

nEinzelhaft f; to be put/kept or held in solitary confinementin Einzelhaft genommen/gehalten werden

solitary confinement

n to be in solitary confinementessere in cella d'isolamento

solitary

(ˈsolitəri) adjective
1. alone; without companions. a solitary traveller.
2. living or being alone, by habit or preference. She was a solitary person.
3. single. not a solitary example.
ˈsolitude (-tjuːd) noun
the state of being alone. He likes solitude; He lives in solitude.
solitary confinement
imprisonment in a cell by oneself. He was sentenced to six months' solitary confinement.
References in classic literature ?
The system here, is rigid, strict, and hopeless solitary confinement.
You are sentenced to two days' solitary confinement in the College prison, and I am sent to fetch you.
To be kept in strict solitary confinement, and to be closely watched and guarded.
As I had asked for a night-light, the chamberlain had brought me in, before he left me, the good old constitutional rush-light of those virtuous days - an object like the ghost of a walking-cane, which instantly broke its back if it were touched, which nothing could ever be lighted at, and which was placed in solitary confinement at the bottom of a high tin tower, perforated with round holes that made a staringly wide-awake pattern on the walls.
Yes, sire, in solitary confinement, in a dungeon, like the lowest criminal.
Of all the ingenious modes of torture that have ever been invented, that of solitary confinement is probably the most cruel--the mind feeding on itself with the rapacity of a cormorant, when the conscience quickens its activity and feeds its longings.
We pronounce you to be an accomplice: and we sentence you to solitary confinement, and to be fed on bread and butter.
But ten or twelve years' solitary confinement, although it mayn't sound much on paper, is enough to crush all the life and energy out of a man.
The cub painted a high-light picture of his poor little room, its oil-stove and the one chair, and of the death's-head tramp who kept him company and who looked as if he had just emerged from twenty years of solitary confinement in some fortress dungeon.
She died in solitary confinement after horrible and prolonged torture; but to-day she stands in imperishable bronze in the Pantheon of Brotherhood in the wonder city of Serles.
And he writes to me here, that he will be glad to show me, in operation, the only true system of prison discipline; the only unchallengeable way of making sincere and lasting converts and penitents - which, you know, is by solitary confinement.
For it, remained nothing but to be a cage-animal, in solitary confinement, pacing ever up and down, embittered with all the world of man and roaring its bitterness to the most delicious enthrillment of the pay- spectators.