captivity

[ kap-tiv-i-tee ]
/ kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti /

noun, plural cap·tiv·i·ties.

the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
(initial capital letter) Babylonian captivity.

Nearby words

  1. captivate,
  2. captivating,
  3. captive,
  4. captive audience,
  5. captive market,
  6. captopril,
  7. captor,
  8. capture,
  9. capture beat,
  10. captured rotation

Origin of captivity

1275–1325; Middle English captivite (< Old French) < Latin captīvitās. See captive, -ity

Related formspre·cap·tiv·i·ty, nounsem·i·cap·tiv·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for captivity

captivity

/ (kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition of being captive; imprisonment
the period of imprisonment
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Word Origin and History for captivity

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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