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captivity

[kap-tiv-i-tee] /kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural captivities.
1.
the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
2.
(initial capital letter) Babylonian captivity.
Origin of captivity
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English captivite (< Old French) < Latin captīvitās. See captive, -ity
Related forms
precaptivity, noun
semicaptivity, noun
Synonyms
1. bondage, servitude, slavery, thralldom, subjection; imprisonment, confinement, incarceration.
Antonyms
1. freedom.
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captivity

/kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of being captive; imprisonment
2.
the period of imprisonment
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Word Origin and History for captivity
n.

late 14c., Old French *captivite or directly from Latin captivitatem (nominative captivitas), from captivus (see captive (n.)). An Old English cognate word for it was gehæftnes (see haft).

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