Im*pris"on ment (?), n. [OE. enprisonment; F. emprisonnement.]
The act of imprisoning, or the state of being imprisoned; confinement; restraint.
His sinews waxen weak and raw
Through long imprisonment and hard constraint.
Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private house, or even by foreibly detaining one in the public streets.
False imprisonment. Law See under False.
Syn. -- Incarceration; custody; confinement; durance; restraint.
© Webster 1913.