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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here is the cell of a woman in solitary confinement at Schlusselburg.

  • solitary confinement worked sufficiently on your nerves yet?

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • But suppose she were kept in solitary confinement—how then could he hope to hear it?

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • And why is it that the modern Cain dreads nothing so much as solitary confinement?

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • She was to be a solitary prisoner in solitary confinement, and she was on her parole.

British Dictionary definitions for solitary confinement

solitary confinement

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