follow Dictionary.com

Winning Words of the Scripps Spelling Bee

incarceration

[in-kahr-suh-rey-shuh n] /ɪnˌkɑr səˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of incarcerating, or putting in prison or another enclosure:
The incarceration rate has increased dramatically.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for incarceration
Word Origin and History for incarceration
n.

early 15c., "retention of pus," from Medieval Latin incarcerationem (nominative incarceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incarcerare "to imprison," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + carcer "prison, an enclosed space," from Proto-Italic *kar-kr(o)-, of uncertain origin.

It seems best to connect carcer with other IE words for 'circle, round object', such as Latin. curvus, Gr. κιρκος 'ring', OIc. hringr, although not all of these have a good IE etymology. The reduplication in Latin carcer could be iconic; thus, the original meaning would have been 'enclosure'. [de Vaan]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for incarceration

17
21
Scrabble Words With Friends