Definition of captivity in English:

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captivity

Pronunciation: /kapˈtɪvɪti/

noun (plural captivities)

[mass noun]
1The condition of being imprisoned or confined: he was released after 865 days in captivity the third month of their captivity passed
More example sentences
  • Most animals' basic needs can be met in captivity if conditions are sufficiently favourable.
  • Later in 1945, when in captivity, he spoke about the shooting to fellow prisoners.
  • Millions of the 5 million or so who returned alive from German captivity were sentenced to labour camps.
Synonyms
1.1 (the Captivity) short for Babylonian Captivity.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin captivitas, from captivus 'taken captive' (see captive).

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