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[in-kuh-myoo-ni-kah-doh] /ˌɪn kəˌmyu nɪˈkɑ doʊ/
(especially of a prisoner) deprived of any communication with others.
Origin of incommunicado
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish incomunicado. See in-3, communicate Unabridged
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  • I really was incommunicado so far as the outside world was concerned.

    The Road

    Jack London
  • If we could have, we'd have even Introverted the Maintainer, broken all the ties that bind us, chanced it incommunicado.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The officers and privates were supposed to be strictly "incommunicado," but even these found means of communication.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade

    D. Augustus Dickert
British Dictionary definitions for incommunicado


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish incomunicado, from incomunicar to deprive of communication; see in-1, communicate
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Word Origin and History for incommunicado

1844, American English, from Spanish incomunicado, past participle of incomunicar "deprive of communication," from in- "not" + comunicar "communicate," from Latin communicare "to share, impart" (see communication).

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