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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Definitions for durance

  1. Imprisonment; confinement or restraint by or as if by force (usually used in the phrase "durance vile").
  2. [Archaic] Endurance.

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Citations for durance
As any ex-con emerging from durance vile eventually realizes, things haven't remained the same on the outside while he was doing time. , Jerusalem Post
Escaping from durance vile, our hero discovers the village where his colleague parked the trusty Tiger Moth. Frederick Forsyth, Spectator
Origin of durance
late Middle English
Durance is from Middle English duraunce, "duration," from Old French durance, from durer, "to last; to endure," from Latin durare.