入獄 - Incarceration

I don’t and haven’t really ever used the word “imprisonment”, and keep getting X-ed on it for trying to submit “incarceration” (thank the gods for FD undo’s). I feel that should be added as a hidden, acceptable synonym. I understand that imprisonment has slightly broader and more poetic connotative usage in English which might echo with the Japanese word 入獄 (I have no idea if that’s the case or not)、but as it’s whole description focuses on literal incarceration I don’t see it being a problem.

Also, is it best to post synonym suggestions in a thread on this forum or to email WK? Which is more polite for them? I’ve come across issues with using synonyms that aren’t yet accepted maybe twice before, and it could be useful to share another find if it comes to mind.

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Hmm, I’d usually use imprisonment personally, maybe that’s a UK v US difference.

Seems there’s probably a little semantic wiggle room, but from English meaning at least incarceration is more either the state of being locked up or the act of locking somebody up. Whereas imprisonment is more specifically being locked up for a crime, in a prison or other institution.

Though it looks like their use as legal terms is kind of the opposite. Incarceration being the legal act of locking somebody up, with imprisonment being the restriction of freedom, either illegal or legal.

There’s probably room for it to be a synonym.

Email, or the chat button on the homepage. I think it’s a good one to add sitewide, but you can add your own custom synonym in the meantime.

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