the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
(initial capital letter) Babylonian captivity.
- pre·cap·tiv·i·ty, noun
- sem·i·cap·tiv·i·ty, noun
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How to use captivity in a sentence
As he recounts both in Blindfold and, in Theo Who Lived, the surprisingly light-spirited documentary about his captivity, he came to know his subjects a little too well.Islamist Terrorism Is Not Done With Us, Warns Former al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos | Karl Vick | February 25, 2021 | Time
She wants to investigate if mole-rat colonies in captivity might call differently than their counterparts in the wild.Like humans, naked mole-rats have regional accents | Rahul Rao | February 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Two pairs had youngsters, and each family snuggled together when reunited in captivity.Rats with poisonous hairdos live surprisingly sociable private lives | Susan Milius | January 12, 2021 | Science News
First, they need to use it in a scenario where they can measure a bear without using the new technology, like with an animal in captivity.How scientists try to weigh some of the fattest bears on Earth | María Paula Rubiano A. | October 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
Trapped in a lab somewhere, a biomass escapes captivity and begins to wreak havoc on its human captors.
Shin eventually escaped North Korean captivity while in Vienna.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like a Jack in the Box just sprung from coiled captivity, he begins rambling excitedly.
“There was one good thing about it,” Chuck Davis says about his time in captivity.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the general circumstances of her capture and captivity have been known and widely reported for more than a year now.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage | Shane Harris | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The center had seemingly proven wrong people who contend that rescued eaglets can only survive in captivity.
Ezechias shews all his treasures to the ambassadors of Babylon: upon which Isaias foretells the Babylonish captivity.
He reproaches the Jews for their obstinacy: he will deliver them out of their captivity, for his own name's sake.
Under the figure of the deliverance from the Babylonish captivity, the church is invited to rejoice for her redemption from sin.
The cities of the south are shut up, and there is none to open them: all Juda is carried away captive with an entire captivity.
The prophet is persecuted: he denounces captivity to his persecutors, and bemoans himself.
British Dictionary definitions for captivity
the condition of being captive; imprisonment
the period of imprisonment
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