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]
EtymologyForm of captive, from the Middle English captive, from the Latin captivus. Entered into the English lexicon around 14c.
- The state of being captive.
- A group of people/beings captive.
- The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.
the state of being captive
- Czech: zajetí
- Finnish: vankeus
- Italian: cattività
a group of people captive
- Czech: zajatci p
the period of being captive
- Czech: zajetí
The term captivity may refer to the following meanings:
- the state of being confined to a space from which it is difficult or impossible to escape; see imprisonment
- the same used in a figurative sense, like for example female captivity, as allegorically portrayed in The Gilded Cage, a painting by Evelyn De Morgan
- of animals, not living in the wild; see captivity (animal)
- the Babylonian captivity of Judah, as described in the Bible; for other uses of the term, see Babylonian captivity (disambiguation)
- Captivity (novelette), a novelette by Zenna Henderson
- Captivity (film), a 2007 thriller film directed by Roland Joffe
- Captive, a computer role-playing game
- Captive NTFS
- Captivity Records
absolutism, bond service, bondage, close arrest, confinement, control, custody, debt slavery, deprivation of freedom, detention, disenfranchisement, disfranchisement, domination, durance, durance vile, duress, enslavement, enthrallment, feudalism, feudality, helotism, helotry, house arrest, immuration, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, indentureship, internment, jailing, peonage, restraint, serfdom, serfhood, servility, servitude, slavery, subjection, subjugation, term of imprisonment, thrall, thralldom, tyranny, vassalage, villenage