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life sentence

a sentence condemning a convicted felon to spend the rest of his or her life in prison.
Compare death sentence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One of them is serving a life-sentence in the State prison for manslaughter.

  • Thorne was reprieved and got a life-sentence, the other chaps got twenty-one years.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • And this is the very point: my life-sentence gave me my status under this law which had not yet been written on the books.

  • It seemed to him, says Mr. Paine, "that he had been given a life-sentence."

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • She felt an impulse to scream, to run to the railing and leap overboard, to thwart that life-sentence in any possible way.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Her husband was in prison, serving a life-sentence for political offenses, and Comte was first attracted to her through pity.

  • I believe he was afterwards taken to a gaol in the Isle of Wight, but I do not know if his life-sentence is still in force.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson

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