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Prisoners

captive

noun

someone who is being kept as a prisoner

Category A

adjective

a Category A prisoner is someone who would be extremely dangerous if they escaped from prison and must therefore be guarded very closely

chain gang

noun

a group of prisoners who are chained together while they work outside

con

noun

a prisoner

convict

noun

someone who is in prison because they have committed a crime

detainee

noun

someone who is kept in prison, especially because of their political activities

ex-con

noun

someone who used to be in prison

hostage

noun

a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want

inmate

noun

someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital, or other institution

internee

noun

someone who is put in a prison without being officially accused of a crime, especially for political reasons

jailbird

noun

a prisoner, especially someone who has spent most of their adult life in prison

lifer

noun

someone who has been sent to prison for the rest of their life

old lag

noun

someone who has been in prison many times

political prisoner

noun

someone who is sent to prison by their own government because it does not approve of their beliefs or actions

POW

noun

a prisoner of war

prisoner

noun

someone who is in prison as punishment for a crime

prisoner

noun

someone who is being kept in a prison during a war, or for political reasons

prisoner of conscience

noun

someone who is sent to prison because of their political beliefs or actions

prisoner of war

noun

someone, usually a soldier, who is held as a prisoner by the enemy during a war

yardbird

noun

someone who is in prison

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

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