Captivity

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Captivity \Cap*tiv"i*ty\, noun [L. captivitas: cf. F. captivit['e].]

1. The state of being a captive or a prisoner.

More celebrated in his captivity that in his greatest triumphs. --Dryden.

2. A state of being under control; subjection of the will or affections; bondage.

Sink in the soft captivity together. --Addison.

Syn: Imprisonment; confinement; bondage; subjection; servitude; slavery; thralldom; serfdom.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

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: {captivity}, {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}, {captivity}]


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