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cap·tiv·i·ty

 (kăp-tĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. cap·tiv·i·ties
The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.

captivity

(kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the condition of being captive; imprisonment
2. the period of imprisonment

cap•tiv•i•ty

(kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
[1275–1325; < Old French < Latin]

Captivity

See also punishment; slavery.

1. Obsolete, the act of confining, as in a narrow space.
2. restriction of liberty.
the process of confining with a buckle or padlock. See also sex.
a secret place of imprisonment, usually with only one opening in the top, as found in some old castles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.captivity - the state of being imprisonedcaptivity - the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"
confinement - the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement"
durance - imprisonment (especially for a long time)
life imprisonment - a sentence of imprisonment until death
internment - confinement during wartime
2.captivity - the state of being a slave; "So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare
subjection, subjugation - forced submission to control by others

captivity

noun confinement, custody, detention, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, durance (archaic), restraint An American missionary was released today after more than two months of captivity.
Quotations
"A robin red breast in a cage"
"Puts all Heaven in a rage" [William Blake Auguries of Innocence]
Translations
أسْـر، سبْـي
zajetí
fangenskab
vankeusvankeusaika
zarobljeništvo
fangavist, hald; ánauî, ófrelsi
ujetništvo
esarettutsaklık

captivity

[kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ] Ncautiverio m, cautividad f
bred in captivitycriado en cautividad
to hold or keep sb in captivitytener a algn en cautividad or en cautiverio

captivity

[kæpˈtɪvɪti] ncaptivité f
in captivity [animal] → en captivité

captivity

captivity

[kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ] nprigionia; (of animal) → cattività
in captivity (animal) → in cattività

captive

(ˈkӕptiv) noun
a prisoner. Two of the captives escaped.
adjective
kept prisoner. captive soldiers; The children were taken/held captive.
capˈtivity noun
a state of being a prisoner, caged etc. animals in captivity in a zoo.
ˈcaptor noun
a person who captures someone. He managed to escape from his captors.
ˈcapture (-tʃə) verb
1. to take by force, skill etc. The soldiers captured the castle; Several animals were captured.
2. to take possession of (a person's attention etc). The story captured his imagination.
noun
1. the act of capturing.
2. something caught. A kangaroo was his most recent capture.
References in classic literature ?
The mottled, pin-headed guinea-hens, always resentful of captivity, ran screeching out into the tunnel and tried to poke their ugly, painted faces through the snow walls.
Here Magua suffered them to dismount; and notwithstanding their own captivity, the curiosity which seems inseparable from horror, induced them to gaze at the sickening sight below.
Soon after this, my companion in captivity, John Stewart, was killed by the savages, and the man that came with my brother returned home by himself.
I have met with grievous mishaps by sea and land, and have been long held in bonds among the heathen-folk to the southward; and am now brought hither by this Indian to be redeemed out of my captivity.
Now," said Augustine, drawing the basket up, "I'll begin: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a fellow to hold two or three dozen of his fellow-worms in captivity, a decent regard to the opinions of society requires--"
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
We stopped at the very same inn which the famous old robber-knight and rough fighter Go"tz von Berlichingen, abode in after he got out of captivity in the Square Tower of Heilbronn between three hundred and fifty and four hundred years ago.
He got home pretty late that night, and when he climbed cautiously in at the window, he uncovered an ambuscade, in the person of his aunt; and when she saw the state his clothes were in her resolution to turn his Saturday holiday into captivity at hard labor became adamantine in its firmness.
My mind is a blank, from some time--I cannot even say what time-- when I employed myself, in my captivity, in making shoes, to the time when I found myself living in London with my dear daughter here.
Micawber was accompanied by myself, and by little Wilkins and his sister, and by the twins, they did not receive him with that ardour which he might have expected, being so newly released from captivity.
So spake this Oracle, then verifi'd When JESUS son of MARY second EVE, Saw Satan fall like Lightning down from Heav'n, Prince of the Aire; then rising from his Grave Spoild Principalities and Powers, triumpht In open shew, and with ascention bright Captivity led captive through the Aire, The Realme it self of Satan long usurpt, Whom he shall tread at last under our feet; Eevn hee who now foretold his fatal bruise, And to the Woman thus his Sentence turn'd.
when his return from his long captivity had become an event rather wished than hoped for by his despairing subjects, who were in the meantime subjected to every species of subordinate oppression.