Word family noun prison prisoner imprisonment adjective imprisonable verb imprison
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishimprisonmentim‧pris‧on‧ment /ɪmˈprɪzənmənt/ ●○○ noun [uncountable] KEEP/STOREthe state of being in prison, or the time someone spends there They were sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment. life imprisonment
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imprisonmentSince his imprisonment, her son has been denied telephone contact with his family, she said.Many women believe that the punishment for rape should be life imprisonment.Garrison faces life imprisonment for his role in the killings.The court itself took the point that the committal was invalid and quashed a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment.On 3 April he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation.Spanswick was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years with a supervision order attached.Debt burdens nearly always bring with them a sense of imprisonment.The offence is punishable by either a fine or imprisonment.In 1922 Hannington received his first term of a month's imprisonment for uttering seditious words.A 19 year old female student from Bath University was charged by Essex police with unlawful imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm.At his lowest ebb, Macari was threatened with imprisonment and his wife rang friends to secure bail money of £50,000.Johnson was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for causing a imprisonmentCapital prosecutions are hideously expensive; life imprisonment is cheaper and just as effective.Corelli could face life imprisonment.If convicted, he faces life imprisonment and a $ 12 million fine.The trial judge, Caulfield J., imposed the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.I mentioned the sentence of life imprisonment and the unlimited fines that are available for crimes involving knives.The bishops said life imprisonment without parole should be the maximum punishment meted out by the state.I think life imprisonment with hard labor is really important.Calley, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment, was eventually paroled after having served only three years.Serfaty was sentenced to life imprisonment.