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solitary confinement

the confinement of a prisoner in a cell or other place in which he or she is completely isolated from others.
Origin of solitary confinement
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
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  • Tommy felt that if this solitary confinement went on much longer he would go mad.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Here is the cell of a woman in solitary confinement at Schlusselburg.

  • If one uv 'em 'ud jus' come to me 'n' say: 'Jack, it's a fact, we can't ring in the solitary confinement act on you.

  • But suppose she were kept in solitary confinement—how then could he hope to hear it?

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • Hard labor, solitary confinement, and the treadmill, are the principal modes of punishment.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for solitary confinement

solitary confinement

isolation imposed on a prisoner, as by confinement in a special cell
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