[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

It seems likely that the Indian_python comes_out ahead because records of its growth have been made more carefully and frequently ; it responds exceptionally well to captivity and does not reach proportions that make it hard to keep .

[ noun ] the state of being a slave




"So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare

Used in print

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

An understanding of the new role of residential association in an industrial society serves to illuminate the forces which have fashioned the iron_cage of conformity which imprisons the churches in their suburban captivity .

Related terms

subjugation bondage peonage