internment

[ in-turn-muh nt ]
/ ɪnˈtɜrn mənt /

noun

an act or instance of interning.
the state of being interned; confinement.

Origin of internment

First recorded in 1865–70; intern1 + -ment
Can be confusedinterment internment
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internment

/ (ɪnˈtɜːnmənt) /

noun

  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

internment


n.

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

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