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Synonyms for penitentiary
ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃə ripen·i·ten·tia·ry

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  1. penitentiaryadjective

    of or relating to penance; penitential


Princeton's WordNet

  1. penitentiary, penadjective

    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

    playpen, pen

    unremorseful, impenitent, rehabilitative, unrepentant

  2. penitentiaryadjective

    used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers

    "penitentiary institutions"


    unremorseful, unrepentant, impenitent, rehabilitative

  3. penitential, penitentiaryadjective

    showing or constituting penance

    "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"


    unrepentant, unremorseful, rehabilitative, impenitent

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. penitentiarynoun

    prison, jail, bridewell, work-house, house of correction

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  1. penitentiarynoun


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  1. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro:

    If they return to Brazil, they will get a one-way ticket to a federal penitentiary.

  2. Colombian Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz:

    The penitentiary personnel tried to take care of it themselves, but the flames were too strong and we had to wait for the arrival of the firefighters to control the situation.

  3. Malcolm Larvadain:

    He's a free man. He was released a couple of hours ago from Angola State Penitentiary.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    All zoos actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.

  5. Spiro Agnew:

    This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.

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