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 (do͝or′əns, dyo͝or′-)
Confinement or restraint by force; imprisonment.

[Middle English duraunce, duration, from Old French durance, from durer, to last, from Latin dūrāre; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. imprisonment
2. duration
[C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre]


(French dyrɑ̃s)
(Placename) a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
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(ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər-)

incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
[1400–50; late Middle English duraunce duration < Middle French durance=dur(er) to last (< Latin; see endure) + -ance -ance]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.durance - imprisonment (especially for a long time)
captivity, immurement, incarceration, imprisonment - 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"
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