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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. 2018.
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  • Are you conscious that you are rendering yourself liable to penal servitude?

    A Son of Hagar

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

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • There will be neither scapegoats in this matter nor yet penal servitude for anyone.

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

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • penal servitude will only be like waiting for her at a wayside station.

  • "Five years' penal servitude for that little lot," said Ransome.

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

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Even the verdict: 'Guilty'; even the judgment: 'Three years' penal servitude.'

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Romance with them can end only in penal servitude or on the gallows.

  • I acknowledged all, and was sentenced to penal servitude for fourteen years.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
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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