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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 ?
"No; captivity his subdued me -- I have been here so long."
I asked the young gentleman to do me the kindness to go to jail as soon as he conveniently could, so that I might try to get in there and visit him, and see what college captivity was like.
``to permit the poor Jews to travel under your safeguard, I swear by the tables of our law, that never has favour been conferred upon a child of Israel since the days of our captivity, which shall be more gratefully acknowledged.''
Tell him also what you have just told me -- that Mazarin has placed me in the pavilion of the orangery in order to make me a visit, and assure him that I shall take advantage of this honor he proposes to accord to me to obtain from him some amelioration of our captivity."
Against these far stretches of country rose, in front of the other city edifices, a large red-brick building, with level gray roofs, and rows of short barred windows bespeaking captivity, the whole contrasting greatly by its formalism with the quaint irregularities of the Gothic erections.
Yet subsequently, and for the rest of his life, he thought and spoke with enthusiasm of that month of captivity, of those irrecoverable, strong, joyful sensations, and chiefly of the complete peace of mind and inner freedom which he experienced only during those weeks.
She immediately repaired to Sophia's apartment, who was now, after a day's confinement, released again from her captivity.
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.
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.
During the first period of my captivity I vowed that if anyone should free me before a hundred years were passed, I would make him rich even after his death.
It is the malicious pleasure of the East Wind to augment the power of your eyesight, in order, perhaps, that you should see better the perfect humiliation, the hopeless character of your captivity. Easterly weather is generally clear, and that is all that can be said for it - almost supernaturally clear when it likes; but whatever its mood, there is something uncanny in its nature.
Even the wretched bush-slaves, who had trembled through all the time of their captivity from fear of being eaten, received each a clay pipe and several sticks of tobacco.