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. Spenser.

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. Blackstone.

False imprisonment. Law See under False.

Syn. -- Incarceration; custody; confinement; durance; restraint.

 

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