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penal servitude

noun, English Criminal Law.
imprisonment together with hard labor.
Origin of penal servitude
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This nephew robbed him some time ago, and was sentenced to penal servitude.

    Dead Man's Love Tom Gallon
  • You can suddenly tell him he is an emperor, or give him penal servitude for life.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • "It will be penal servitude for life this time for—Stephens," said Charles.

  • He had been previously convicted, and was sentenced to a term of penal servitude.

    For Name and Fame G. A. Henty
  • He will be put in prison, sent to penal servitude; and I shall go mad, raving mad.

  • Are you conscious that you are rendering yourself liable to penal servitude?

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • 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
  • I told him the whole story, but all he said was, 'ten years' penal servitude.'

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

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • When we parted, I remember you threatened me with penal servitude.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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