imprisonment


imprisonment
This was not a regular punishment in Israel, but Pharaoh's butler and baker are said to have been imprisoned in Egypt together with Joseph (Gen. 40:3). Jeremiah was once placed in the stocks (Jer. 20:2) and later imprisoned (Jer. 37:15). King Artaxerxes authorized Ezra to make use of this punishment (Ezra 7:26). John the Baptist was imprisoned (Mark 6:17), for Herod the Great had built great prisons to incarcerate any who threatened him. Peter was imprisoned by Herod Agrippa Ⅰ (Acts 12:4). It was a common punishment in the Roman Empire (Acts 16:24); the epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians are all written from prison.

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  • imprisonment — index apprehension (act of arresting), arrest, bondage, captivity, commitment (confinement), custody (incarceration) …   Law dictionary

  • imprisonment — (n.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. emprisonement, O.Fr. emprisonement (13c.), from emprisoner (see IMPRISON (Cf. imprison)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • imprisonment — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ six months , ten years , etc. ▪ life ▪ indefinite ▪ false, unlawful (esp. BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • imprisonment — The detention of a person contrary to his will. The act of putting or confining a person in prison. The restraint of a person s personal liberty; coercion exercised upon a person to prevent the free exercise of his powers of locomotion. It is not …   Black's law dictionary

  • imprisonment — The detention of a person contrary to his will. The act of putting or confining a person in prison. The restraint of a person s personal liberty; coercion exercised upon a person to prevent the free exercise of his powers of locomotion. It is not …   Black's law dictionary

  • imprisonment — noun (U) the state of being in prison, or the time someone spends there: sentenced to a long term of imprisonment | life imprisonment (=imprisonment for the rest of your life, or for a long time): life imprisonment for murder …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • imprisonment — im|pris|on|ment [ ım prıznmənt ] noun uncount ** the punishment of being put into prison. The punishment of life imprisonment means that someone will be kept in prison for many years, possibly until they die: He was sentenced to four months… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • imprisonment — [[t]ɪmprɪ̱z(ə)nmənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Imprisonment is the state of being imprisoned. She was sentenced to seven years imprisonment. ...the prospect of imprisonment …   English dictionary

  • imprisonment */*/ — UK [ɪmˈprɪz(ə)nmənt] / US noun [uncountable] a) the punishment of being put into prison. The punishment of life imprisonment means that someone will be kept in prison for many years, possibly until they die He was sentenced to four months… …   English dictionary

  • imprisonment — noun 1. putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment (Freq. 3) • Derivationally related forms: ↑imprison • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑punishment, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary


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