imprison ment

Imprison ment

Im*pris"on ment\, n. [OE. enprisonment; F. emprisonnement.] The act of imprisoning, or the state of being imprisoned; confinement; restraint.

His sinews waxen weak and raw Through long imprisonment and hard constraint. --Spenser.

Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private house, or even by foreibly detaining one in the public streets. --Blackstone.

False imprisonment. (Law) See under False.

Syn: Incarceration; custody; confinement; durance; restraint.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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