[doo r-uh ns, dyoo r-]
- incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
- Archaic. endurance.
Origin of durance
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Examples from the Web for durance
"Job" had escaped from durance vile and was seeking companionship.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Note a similar liberty allowed to Paul when in durance, Acts 24:23.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
If Master Walgrave were in durance vile, where was my mistress and her family?Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
Loris used his influence with the authorities to keep Joseph in durance.Rabbi and Priest
Fortunately for Delia's nerves they were not kept long in durance vile.The Jolliest School of All
C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre
- a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
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Word Origin and History for durance
late 15c., from Old French durance "duration," from durer "to endure," from Latin durare (see endure).
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