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civil death Syllabification: civ·il death

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of civil death in English:


rare or chiefly , historical
The loss of a citizen’s privileges through life imprisonment, banishment, etc.
Example sentences
  • It is not open to a State to subject a citizen to a civil death, that is to deprive an individual of legal personality.
  • Breaching the social contract and ending up in jail doesn't necessarily mean that you lose all your rights: that would go back to the very dark ages, the idea of civil death.
  • He recalled the civil death of penal servitude.
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