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incarcerated

This page is about the doublespeak term 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

Contributor: Matt Errey