Definition of captivity in English:

captivity

noun

  • 1The condition of being imprisoned or confined.

    ‘he was released after 865 days in captivity’
    ‘the third month of their captivity’
    • ‘After three and a half years in captivity, only one-third of the prisoners were still alive.’
    • ‘She will survive her many wounds and, we hope, mend from the trauma of her captivity.’
    • ‘Those first few months of captivity, for the most part, passed the quickest.’
    • ‘The pope was taken prisoner and kept in polite captivity for nine months.’
    • ‘The major had been in captivity for two months after being captured along with a team of Indian peacekeepers.’
    • ‘If Amber does make a full recovery she will spend the rest of her life in captivity for her own protection.’
    • ‘I had malaria 46 times during captivity, although luckily not while I was in the cage.’
    • ‘Were the families of those who did not survive captivity fairly compensated?’
    • ‘Later in 1945, when in captivity, he spoke about the shooting to fellow prisoners.’
    • ‘Freedom, in short, is a subjective concept that can mean either liberation or lifelong captivity.’
    • ‘Some Australian bird species or parrot species will breed quite happily here in captivity.’
    • ‘Female cowbirds were held in captivity and released at the end of the breeding season.’
    • ‘The sad fate of the German prisoners of war held in Soviet captivity is generally known in the Federal Republic.’
    • ‘Millions of the 5 million or so who returned alive from German captivity were sentenced to labour camps.’
    • ‘Most animals' basic needs can be met in captivity if conditions are sufficiently favourable.’
    • ‘The urine is likely to be obtained from foxes kept in captivity or those that have been shot by gamekeepers to protect their stock.’
    • ‘The French withdrew, taking the pope with them as a prisoner, and he died in French captivity.’
    • ‘What an opportunity to proclaim real liberty to those in physical captivity and spiritual bondage!’
    • ‘The next three days of captivity are described over three chapters.’
    • ‘I met Brian just six months after he came out of captivity, and I was struck by how unsettled he seemed.’
    imprisonment, confinement, internment, incarceration, custody, detention, restraint, constraint, committal, arrest
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin captivitas, from captivus ‘taken captive’ (see captive).

Pronunciation

captivity

/kapˈtivədē//kæpˈtɪvədi/