• WordNet 3.6
    • n captivity the state of being a slave "So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare"
    • n captivity 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Donkeys can live between 30 to 50 years in captivity
    • Captivity A state of being under control; subjection of the will or affections; bondage. "Sink in the soft captivity together."
    • Captivity The state of being a captive or a prisoner. "More celebrated in his captivity that in his greatest triumphs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cojo, the 1st gorilla born in captivity, was born at the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, in 1956 and weighed 3 1/4 pounds.
    • n captivity The state of being a prisoner, or of coming into the power of an enemy by force or the fortune of war.
    • n captivity Subjection; the state of being under control; bondage; servitude.
    • n captivity Captives collectively; a body of captives.
    • n captivity Synonyms Imprisonment, Captivity, Confinement, Incarceration, Immurement. There is the same distinction between imprisonment and captivity as between prisoner and captive. (See captive.) Confinement is the most general word for being kept within bounds against one's will, as by force or sickness; we speak of solitary confinement, and figuratively, of too great confinement (though voluntary) to one's books. Incarceration is the being put into a jail or prison; the word is rhetorical, suggesting ignominy, with narrow range and great safeguards against escape. Immurement, literally shutting within walls, is now freely figurative; in either sense it suggests depth of separation or seclusion from friends, home, or the world, and small likelihood of getting or coming out. (See servitude and serf.)
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Take up the White Man's burden -- send forth the best ye breed -- go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need.”
  • Mark Caine
    Mark Caine
    “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
  • Frank Herbert
    Frank Herbert
    “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound.”
  • Ovid
    “Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. captivitas,: cf. F. captivité,


In literature:

Upon the return of the victorious party to their village, a war dance is held round their captives by way of celebrating their triumph.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake
The results of the surprise were nine scalps and one captive.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Rapidly he bound and gagged his captive.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
There I install my captives; some singly, some in groups.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
God of mercy, the captive's chain, the headsman's axe!
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Should he air his suspicions, that the captive was not of the same race as his captors either?
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Around, from far and near, The Trojans throng, and vie the captive youth to jeer.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Our Saint's captivity may be assigned to 403, and to a time not long prior to King Niall's death.
"Bolougne-Sur-Mer" by Reverend William Canon Fleming
Numbers of regiments have been raised, composed of the captives carried off from here and from the west coast.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Let us now see what the result will be of the liberation of the captive.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Establishing the Identity of the Martians' Captive.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
Better to be a dead hero than a live captive in the hands of Kurt's dear friends across the pole.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Our hearts are heavy at the escape of so brave a captive.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
Muttering something below his breath Callack moved away, calling to the Indians to bring along the captives and the sleds.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
The captives were not made slaves, therefore it is wrong to confound captives with slaves.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
A little girl, ten years old, was the only person surviving out of the whole number of captives.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Captivity of all Northern Israel.
"The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)" by George Adam Smith
After the fall of the most powerful of their chiefs, Beder Khan Bey, they had one by one been subdued and carried away into captivity.
"Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon" by Austen H. Layard
A little girl, ten years old, was the only person surviving out of the whole number of captives.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
But who were the people, and what were the social and political conditions of the people, among whom the Hebrew captives lived?
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes" by Samuel Cox

In poetry:

' 'Twas she that cheer'd my captive hours,
She came in every dream,
As, smiling, on the rear of night,
Appears the morning beam.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Slow steals the life-stream at my heart;
Dark clouds o'ershade my eyes;
Foreboding sorrow tells my soul,
My captive Lover dies.
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
When flesh is linked with eager flesh,
And words run warm and full,
I think that he is loneliest then,
The captive in the skull.
"Listen..." by Ogden Nash
If Plutus too should give a nod,
He's willing to obey the god;
For wealth and charms in any state
Most certainly will captivate.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die!
O Christ! thy triumphs now begin
O'er captive death and conquered sin.
"Ride on! ride on in majesty!" by Henry Hart Milman
I'm (in this present life I know)
A captive and a freeman too;
And though my death can't set me free,
It will perfect my liberty.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Actor finds 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster role to be ' captivating '.
Prisoners in own home captivating .
Colombier 's flavor profile captivates.
Former Columbian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt talks with host Dan Skinner about her memoir recounting her six years in captivity after been abducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) while campaigning in 2002.
Their bizarre suicides have captivated the art world: Was it their brilliant imaginations that did them in.
Just as midcentury design has captivated a new generation of fans, popular drinks of the past are seeing a renaissance on menus, according to new research from Mintel Menu Insights.
WHAT problems are now threatening young condors that are born in captivity and then released into the wild.
In an attempt to save the California condor from almost certain extinction, scientists at the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos have implemented an intensive captive-breeding and reintroduction program.
This is a long video, but it's strangely captivating.
Anton's response was the same as mine had been when I first discovered this peculiarity of the language as a child: He was captivated.
Yaccarino ( Every Friday ) dives into more complex material than many of his previous books for younger readers with this captivating biography.
My boyfriend and I were captivated enough to drop $15 for a modest pinot noir, and we captured the peculiar process in this unedited four-minute video.
Ashley Stanek, a UAA graduate student in biology, said the baseline data gathered from the captive wolves can be used to study wild wolves and their diets as well.
A Sumatran rhino calf, one of the world's most endangered animals, has been born in captivity in Indonesia.
Another calf was born in Indonesia today, only the fifth birth in captivity ever recorded.

In science:

So, this proposal is addressed to those who are open to inspect a different look at the structure of elementary particles and disposed to compare the two approaches, standing out of doctrinal captivity.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
The geometry of curves has long captivated the interests of mathematicians, from the ancient Greeks through to the era of Isaac Newton (1647-1727) and the invention of the calculus.
Generalized Timelike Mannheim Curves in Minkowski space-time $E_1^4$
Finally as the issue involves lots of sensitive problems only fuzzy cognitive model alone can captivate the feelings and the inter relation between the attributes / problems.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Some of the greatest performances can hold the listener’s ear captive, having the listener emotionally touched and intellectually stimulated.
Music in Terms of Science
Wilson, he tells us how George Pol´ya was captivated by Ramanujan’s formulas.
And free lunch for all...
The formation and evolution of galaxies is one of the most captivating problems of modern astrophysics.
Evolution of the X-ray luminosity and metallicity of starburst blown superbubbles
The possibility that our world may contain more then the usual four space-time dimensions is an idea that has captivated physicists for almost a century now.
A Kaluza-Klein Model with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Light-Particle Effective Action and its Compactification Scale Dependence
Networks with power law node degree distribution have been extensively studied: Barab´asi (2003) provides a captivating and elegantly written introduction to the field.
The skewness of computer science
Furthermore, these works have shown that such BICs appear mainly in certain oscillatory potentials whose envelopes fall off fast enough to lead to normalizable wave functions but sufficiently slowly, such that the different maxima are able to conspire to create a captive state.
Bound States in the Continuum from Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics