Definition of incarceration in English:



  • [mass noun] The state of being confined in prison; imprisonment:

    ‘the public would not be served by her incarceration’
    • ‘He remained undeterred by several incarcerations, but his growing suspicion of authority caused him to move to a place from where he could easily slip out of reach.’
    • ‘And, the number of incarcerations since 1970 has increased 30 times compared to the previous five decades.’
    • ‘But if the extent of the imposition is more serious like detentions and incarcerations, I think it's entirely unjustified.’
    • ‘Some say they were subject to strip searches many days into their incarceration.’
    • ‘Why must poor drug offenders be subjected to public humiliation and incarceration?’
    imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, restraint
    penal servitude, hard labour
    porridge, chokey
    durance, duress
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