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penitentiary

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a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody
  • a sentence in the state penitentiary for robbery

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The first known use of penitentiary was in the 15th century

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“Penitentiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/penitentiary. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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