prison camp


: a camp for the confinement of reasonably trustworthy prisoners usually employed on government projects
: a camp for prisoners of war or political prisoners

Examples of prison camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Captured by brigands, the immigrants are herded into a remote Libyan prison camp where they are tormented and tortured. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2024 Just last month, Putin’s foremost civilian rival, Alexei Navalny, turned up dead in the frigid Siberian prison camp to which he’d been consigned after surviving the Kremlin’s attempt to poison him. Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 16 Mar. 2024 One thing that will strain their bond is figuring out the best way to help the cause from within the prison camp. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 Navalny embodied the resistance to Putin’s regime more than any other Russian opposition figure, and his death at 47 in the prison camp was seen as a watershed signal that no dissent will be tolerated in Russia as Putin shifts toward a highly centralized, deeply repressive totalitarian regime. Mariana Alfaro, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Life within the prison camp was difficult due to overcrowding, poor wages and lack of privacy. Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 In other photos, Holmes was seen being held affectionally by her husband, Billy Evans, who also brought their daughter, who is about to turn 1, for the visit at the minimum-security federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 That puts her total stay at the minimum-security women's prison camp in Bryan, Texas, at just 115 months, or a little over 9.5 years. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 12 July 2023 After five days, they were marched to Changi Prison and later to prison camps that the prisoners themselves had to hack out of the jungle. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prison camp was in 1864

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“Prison camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

prison camp

: a camp where prisoners are held

Legal Definition

prison camp

: a camp for the confinement of reasonably trustworthy prisoners usually employed on government projects

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