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Meaning & Definition of Imprisonment in English

English

Imprisonment

/ɪmprɪzənmənt/

noun

1. Putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment

    synonym:
  • imprisonment

2. The state of being imprisoned

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • captivity
  • ,
  • imprisonment
  • ,
  • incarceration
  • ,
  • immurement

3. The act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)

    synonym:
  • imprisonment
  • ,
  • internment

Examples of using

In many countries, being gay is a cause for imprisonment.
The judge sentenced him to one year's imprisonment.