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captivity

Noun

1 the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon" [syn: imprisonment, incarceration, immurement]
2 the state of being a slave; "So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare [syn: enslavement]

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Etymology

Form of captive, from the Middle English captive, from the Latin captivus. Entered into the English lexicon around 14c.

Noun

  1. The state of being captive.
  2. A group of people/beings captive.
  3. The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.

Translations

the state of being captive
  • Czech: zajetí
  • Finnish: vankeus
  • Italian: cattività
a group of people captive
the period of being captive
  • Czech: zajetí

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The term captivity may refer to the following meanings:

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