penitentiary
pen·i·ten·tia·ry /ˌpe-nə-'ten-chə-rē/ n pl -ries: a state or federal prison for the punishment and reformation of convicted felons compare house of correction, house of detention, jail, lockup

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

penitentiary
I noun cell, detention camp, detention center, house of correction, house of detention, jail, jail-house, lockup, penal colony, penal institution, penal settlement, place of confinement, place of detention, place of imprisonment, prison, prisonhouse, reformatory II index cell, jail, prison, reformatory

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


penitentiary
n.
A prison, usually for the incarceration of people convicted of felonies or serious crimes.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


penitentiary
A state or federal prison for convicted criminals.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


penitentiary
n. A penal institution that is intended for long-term confinement of convicted criminals.
See also jail.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


penitentiary
A prison or place of confinement where persons convicted of felonies serve their term of imprisonment.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


penitentiary
A prison or place of confinement where persons convicted of felonies serve their term of imprisonment.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

penitentiary
n.
   a state or federal prison in which convicts are held for commission of major crimes (felonies).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Penitentiary — Pen i*ten tia*ry, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitentiaire.] 1. Relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance. A penitentiary tax. Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter. [1913 Webster] 3. Used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penitentiary — [pen΄i ten′shə rē] adj. [ML penitentiarius, poenitentiarius (form and meaning infl. by assoc. with L poena: see PENAL) < L paenitentia < paenitens,PENITENT] 1. of or for penance 2. used in punishing, disciplining, and reforming 3. making… …   English World dictionary

  • Penitentiary — may refer to: * Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal of mercy, responsible for issues relating to the forgiveness of sins in the Roman Catholic Church * Prison or penitentiary, a correctional facility …   Wikipedia

  • Penitentiary — Pen i*ten tia*ry, n.; pl. {Penitentiaries}. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitencier. See {Penitent}.] 1. One who prescribes the rules and measures of penance. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. One who does penance. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 3. A small building …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Penitentiary — (engl., spr. ténnschĕri), Bußanstalt, Gefängnis …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • penitentiary — early 15c., place of punishment for offenses against the church, from M.L. penitentiaria, from fem. of penitentiarius (adj.) of penance, from L. paenitentia penitence (see PENITENCE (Cf. penitence)). Meaning house of correction first found 1806… …   Etymology dictionary

  • penitentiary — [n] jail big house*, campus, can*, college, cooler*, correctional institution, inside*, joint*, lockup*, pen*, penal institution, prison, reformatory, slammer*, stockade; concepts 439,449,516 …   New thesaurus

  • penitentiary — ► NOUN (pl. penitentiaries) 1) (in North America) a prison for people convicted of serious crimes. 2) (in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest appointed to administer penance …   English terms dictionary

  • penitentiary — UK [ˌpenɪˈtenʃərɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms penitentiary : singular penitentiary plural penitentiaries a prison for people who have committed serious crimes a state/federal penitentiary …   English dictionary

  • penitentiary — /pen i ten sheuh ree/, n., pl. penitentiaries, adj. n. 1. a place for imprisonment, reformatory discipline, or punishment, esp. a prison maintained in the U.S. by a state or the federal government for serious offenders. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a… …   Universalium

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