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penal servitude

noun, English Criminal Law.
imprisonment together with hard labor.
Origin of penal servitude
1855-60 Unabridged
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  • This nephew robbed him some time ago, and was sentenced to penal servitude.

    Dead Man's Love Tom Gallon
  • Are you conscious that you are rendering yourself liable to penal servitude?

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • "It will be penal servitude for life this time for—Stephens," said Charles.

  • I told him the whole story, but all he said was, 'ten years' penal servitude.'

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • He will be put in prison, sent to penal servitude; and I shall go mad, raving mad.

  • When we parted, I remember you threatened me with penal servitude.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Her husband had stood up for her, and he had him arrested and sentenced to a term of penal servitude in chains.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • penal servitude will only be like waiting for her at a wayside station.

  • The prisoner was sentenced to death, but the punishment was afterwards commuted to penal servitude for life.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • You can suddenly tell him he is an emperor, or give him penal servitude for life.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for penal servitude

penal servitude

(English criminal law) (formerly) the imprisonment of an offender and his subjection to hard labour. It was substituted for transportation in 1853 and abolished in 1948 Compare hard labour
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