captivity vs imprisonment what difference

what is difference between captivity and imprisonment

English

Etymology

Middle English captivite, from Latin captīvitās; synchronically analyzable as captive +‎ -ity. Entered into the English lexicon around the 14th century.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kæpˈtɪvɪti/
  • Hyphenation: cap‧tiv‧i‧ty

Noun

captivity (countable and uncountable, plural captivities)

  1. The state of being captive.
  2. (obsolete) A group of people/beings captive.
  3. The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.

Translations

See also

  • captive
  • captor


English

Alternative forms

  • emprisonment (obsolete)

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman emprisonement, from Old French emprisonnement. See imprison +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɹɪzn̩.mənt/

Noun

imprisonment (countable and uncountable, plural imprisonments)

  1. A confinement in a place, especially a prison or a jail, as punishment for a crime.
    • Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private house, or even by forcibly detaining one in the public streets.
    • Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []

Synonyms

  • incarceration
  • jaildom

Derived terms

  • life imprisonment

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