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n. pl. cap·tiv·i·ties
The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.
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n, pl -ties
1. the condition of being captive; imprisonment
2. the period of imprisonment
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(kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
[1275–1325; < Old French < Latin]
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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.
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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
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noun confinement, custody, detention, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, durance (archaic), restraint An American missionary was released today after more than two months of captivity.
"A robin red breast in a cage"
"Puts all Heaven in a rage" [William Blake Auguries of Innocence]
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أسْـر، سبْـي
fangavist, hald; ánauî, ófrelsi


[kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ] Ncautiverio m, cautividad f
bred in captivitycriado en cautividad
to hold or keep sb in captivitytener a algn en cautividad or en cautiverio
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[kæpˈtɪvɪti] ncaptivité f
in captivity [animal] → en captivité
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[kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ] nprigionia; (of animal) → cattività
in captivity (animal) → in cattività
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(ˈkӕptiv) noun
a prisoner. Two of the captives escaped.
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.
1. the act of capturing.
2. something caught. A kangaroo was his most recent capture.
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References in classic literature ?
There was a delightful history of Ohio, stuffed with tales of the pioneer times, which was a good deal in the hands of us boys; and there was a book of Western Adventure, full of Indian fights and captivities, which we wore to pieces.
(16) Scholars continued to stress the narratives' ethnographic import, and the next decade saw historian Dwight Smith challenging such claims and suggesting that captivities belong to "American literature" rather than to ethnohistory or anthropology.
In Australia, for example, one of the most famous captivities followed a nineteenth-century shipwreck on the Queensland coast.