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August 13, 2022

Word of the Day: Carceral

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Word of the Day : August 13, 2022

carceral \KAHR-suh-rul\ adjective

What It Means

Carceral means "of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison."

// The room was eerily quiet and had a carceral aesthetic.

// Her article stressed the importance of rehabilitative measures in carceral institutions, such as career preparation and mental health support.

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Aired August 13, 2022

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