One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was being held in solitary confinement’
imprisonment, internment, incarceration, custody, captivity, detention, restraint, arrest, house arrest
literary thraldom, thrall
archaic duress, durance
2‘prolonged confinement of an animal is prohibited’
penning, caging, locking up, walling in, walling up, enclosure, encirclement, surrounding, encompassment
North American corralling
3‘she was admitted to hospital for her confinement’
labour, delivery, expected delivery, giving birth, birthing
birth, childbirth, nativity
archaic lying-in, accouchement, childbed, travail
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