- 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
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We go to the solitary-confinement cell, where trouble makers are kept.My Wonderful Visit
- isolation imposed on a prisoner, as by confinement in a special cell
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