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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. 2016.
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  • Salvolio was a man who had been undergoing a life sentence in one of the prisons of southern Italy.

  • That was an outrage, and Martha thought I ought to get a life sentence for it.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • No,” replied Bedford Parke, with a laugh; “it is only a life sentence.

    The Dreamers John Kendrick Bangs
  • Boy, its a life sentence to tamper with that car till the judge says move her.

    Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
  • And he felt now that Binhart could never do it, that a life sentence there would be worse than a life sentence to "stir."

    Never-Fail Blake Arthur Stringer

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