Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

A house of correction; state prison.

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Usage examples "penitentiary":

  1. The penitentiary, of course. - "Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist", Alexander Berkman.
  2. Finally most of the gang were caught, tried, and convicted, and sent to the penitentiary for a number of years. - "An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)", Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody).
  3. We are not shut up here to guard and rule a penitentiary; we are to bring the best and sweetest and most beautiful life possible to us, close to the life we want to help. - "The Other Girls", Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney.