View synonyms for confinement


[ kuhn-fahyn-muhnt ]


  1. the act of confining.
  2. the state of being confined. confined.
  3. the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
  4. Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment ( arrest ).


/ kənˈfaɪnmənt /


  1. the act of confining or the state of being confined
  2. the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
  3. physics another name for containment

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Other Words From

  • noncon·finement noun
  • postcon·finement noun
  • precon·finement noun
  • self-con·finement noun
  • semi·con·finement noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of confinement1

1640–50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement
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Example Sentences

Sent back to live with her mother and stepdad in their creepy rural manse, Kylie is fed up with her forced confinement from day one.

From Vox

Like a heavily watered-down version of a Buddhist monk taking solitary retreat in a cave, my extended submarine confinements opened something up in my psyche and I gave myself permission to let go of my anxieties.

Kevin sounded panicked when he called the professor supervising his case to report that he was being punished with 30 days in solitary confinement.

The activists chose this voluntary confinement after being constantly detained by the police while requesting the release of Denis Solís, a rapper who was sentenced to 8 months in prison for the crime of contempt.

Bloomberg also reported in July that the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, alone, had put approximately 4,600 people on home confinement since the end of March, which was a 160% increase from pre-covid numbers.

Once transferred to Karaj Prison, he spent an additional 15 days in solitary confinement.

I was put in a solitary confinement completely cut off from the outside world without even enjoying basic prisoner rights.

I have been told that, if I continue with this protest, I will be placed in solitary confinement.

Livvix, 30, is now in solitary confinement in the maximum-security Ayalon prison in Ramla, a city near Tel Aviv.

The report detailed such techniques as "rectal rehydration" and the use of coffin-size confinement boxes.

But it was not necessary for him to enquire how strict, or how apparently long, was to be his confinement.

The doctor who had attended his wife during her confinement was indisposed, and was represented only by an affidavit.

The three prisoners in question, as well as 11 Franciscan friars, were consequently placed in close confinement.

Lady Arabella Seymour escaped from confinement in the tower of London by stratagem.

Of others, stowed in boxes when a ship was searched; with a bare chance of surviving their confinement.