Definition of penal servitude in US English:

penal servitude

noun

  • Imprisonment with hard labor.

    • ‘He got penal servitude and died in prison.’
    • ‘He receives a reduced sentence of eight years of penal servitude in Siberia.’
    • ‘At first he didn't realise what the life sentence of penal servitude handed down by the judge had meant.’
    • ‘For this he was condemned to lifelong penal servitude, but was able to flee and spent the next one and a half decades in exile.’
    • ‘Ordinarily speaking, in Australia, judges do not impose punishment by way of penal servitude on people for future crimes that people fear may be committed, but which have not been committed.’
    • ‘After a sensational court case, he was exposed as an impostor, convicted for perjury, and sentenced to 14 years' penal servitude.’
    • ‘He got 15 years penal servitude and eight others were sentenced to terms ranging from 15 years to 12 months.’
    • ‘The new rules will remove outdated references to penal servitude and imprisonment with hard labour.’
    • ‘The pains or penalties were penal servitude for life or not less than three years, or imprisonment with or without hard labour for up to two years.’
    • ‘And she still wears penal servitude stripes, like a prisoner.’
    • ‘Throughout the period numbers of criminals were exported into indentured labouring or penal servitude.’
    • ‘The penalty for this was penal servitude.’
    • ‘They were followed, for almost three centuries, by those suffering exile or penal servitude.’
    • ‘The blog is getting overlooked and I promise to be more attentive to it in future, after all, it was meant to serve as a record of my penal servitude on the fatal shore.’
    • ‘A chain of circumstantial evidence is used to prove what the police decided from the outset: George is guilty on all charges, and is sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.’
    • ‘After being found guilty of manslaughter, he went to prison for life, while she received eighteen months penal servitude for concealment of birth.’
    • ‘His sentence was reduced to 40 years' penal servitude, without remission.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude in 1870 for smuggling weapons.’
    • ‘Twice he was charged with sedition and condemned to lengthy terms of penal servitude; twice he was released through mass international protest.’
    • ‘At her trial she was sentenced to death by shooting, but this was later commuted to penal servitude for life.’
    imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, restraint
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