- the act of incarcerating, or putting in prison or another enclosure: The incarceration rate has increased dramatically.
Examples from the Web for incarceration
I also want to alert you to the broader circumstances of my incarceration.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
Even when financial facilitators are arrested, incarceration is brief.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
These crimes of fashion proved the men were feminine and thus gay and therefore worthy of incarceration.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Before my decade of incarceration, I had never seen a dead body.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
“Incarceration is costing us a tremendous amount of money,” says Wright.‘Progressive Jail’ Is a 21st-Century Hell, Inmates Complain
September 29, 2014
Thady had borne his incarceration and distress with the greatest courage.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
But this, this was an incarceration no supplication could end, a doom not to be stayed.Greener Than You Think
I got into prison; I mean, I suffered the incarceration of freedom.
“Lead him,” says he, “to prison,” that is—to the incarceration of free life.
Tell the girls to drop in occasionally and see me in my incarceration.When Patty Went to College
Word Origin and History for incarceration
early 15c., "retention of pus," from Medieval Latin incarcerationem (nominative incarceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incarcerare "to imprison," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + carcer "prison, an enclosed space," from Proto-Italic *kar-kr(o)-, of uncertain origin.
It seems best to connect carcer with other IE words for 'circle, round object', such as Latin. curvus, Gr. κιρκος 'ring', OIc. hringr, although not all of these have a good IE etymology. The reduplication in Latin carcer could be iconic; thus, the original meaning would have been 'enclosure'. [de Vaan]