Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also state prisoner)
Definition of prisoner of state in English:
A person confined on the authority of the state for political reasons.
- He was incarcerated, at first as a spy, then as a ‘prisoner of state’, and eventually as a hostage.
- An armed robber writes to a childhood girlfriend from his condemned cell on the eve of execution, connecting his plight to that of all the other prisoners of state, inside and out, condemned to lives of compromise.
- In his desire to survive as a ‘state prisoner’ as Tom Sawyer defines Jim's role while the boys plan his escape from the Phelps' farm- Jim relies on the spirit world to chart his path into the unknown world of freedom.
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