• (British) IPA: /ɪmˈpɹɪzn̩.mənt/


  1. A confinement in a place, especially a prison or a jail, as punishment for a crime.
    • His sinews waxen weak and raw / Through long imprisonment and hard constraint.
    • Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private house, or even by forcibly detaining one in the public streets.
    • Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings […] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves […]
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