Definition of supermax in English:


Syllabification: su·per·max
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
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    • 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.


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  • A supermax prison.
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    • 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'.

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