Definition of supermax in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərˌmaks/


Denoting or relating to an extremely high-security prison or part of a prison, intended for particularly dangerous prisoners: most inmates earn their supermax sentence by how they behave in other parts of the prison system
More example sentences
  • The Obama administration has promised to put a second security fence around the already super max facility.
  • Joshua Dratel, his lawyer, said the rejection was an example of the harsh conditions imposed on inmates at the supermax prison.
  • Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of patrol at a supermax prison in Colorado.


A supermax prison.
Example sentences
  • That hardly applies to the prisoners held in America's supermaxes.
  • I shouldn't even be in super max.
  • But the whole idea that they could effectively organize while a prisoner at a supermax is a little hard to understand.


1970s: shortened from super-maximum, i.e., 'greater than the expected or conventional maximum'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.