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incarcerated

Meaning: imprisoned

For example:

  • We incarcerate all illegal immigrants until we're sure they're not terrorists.

  • We arrested and incarcerated all the ringleaders, so the protests should be over.

Note: "Incarcerated" normally means imprisoned for a crime, but it's doublespeak when state officials use it to make imprisoned refugees and political activists sound like dangerous criminals.

Quick Quiz:

If you're incarcerated, what have you lost?

a. your freedom

b. your money

c. your car

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Contributor: Matt Errey