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solitary confinement

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noun
  1. the confinement of a prisoner in a cell or other place in which he or she is completely isolated from others.
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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for solitary confinement

solitary confinement

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