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internment

[in-turn-muh nt] /ɪnˈtɜrn mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of interning.
2.
the state of being interned; confinement.
Origin of internment
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; intern1 + -ment
Can be confused
interment, internment.
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  • The only place you can be safe is an English internment camp.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • It was used as a place of internment for deportees from Egypt.

  • The internment of alien enemies was preliminary to a sifting process.

  • A cleverly written description of a young English officer's internment as a prisoner of war in Germany.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • With the internment of Mrs. Annie Besant it sounded a new note—a note inspired by an ardent love of humanity.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
British Dictionary definitions for internment

internment

/ɪnˈtɜːnmənt/
noun
1.
  1. the act of interning or state of being interned, esp of enemy citizens in wartime or of terrorism suspects
  2. (as modifier): an internment camp
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Word Origin and History for internment
n.

1870, from intern (v.) + -ment. Cf. French internement. Internment camp is attested from 1916.

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