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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for solitary confinement

isolation, solitary, lockdown

Examples from the Web for solitary confinement

Historical Examples of solitary confinement

  • We go to the solitary-confinement cell, where trouble makers are kept.

    My Wonderful Visit

    Charlie Chaplin

British Dictionary definitions for solitary confinement

solitary confinement


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