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penitentiary

pen·i·ten·tia·ry

penitentiary

 
pronunciation:
pe nih ten sh ri
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
inflections: penitentiaries
definition: a prison, esp. one operating under federal or state authority.
similar words:
stir
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to an offense that is punishable by a prison sentence.
a penitentiary crime
definition 2: of, relating to, or used for punishment, imprisonment, or rehabilitation of criminals.
definition 3: showing repentance; penitent.
penitentiary actions
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  crime, law