captivity captivity  /kæp ˈtɪ və ti/


  1. (n) the state of being imprisoned
  2. (n) the state of being a slave


  1. Since today is World Press Freedom Day, spare a thought for Alan Johnston, the BBC's Gaza correspondent who has been in captivity since March 12.
  2. In captivity, mothers are often held in relative solitude, undergo stressful and painful births, and then simply kill the source of all that suffering.
  3. His years of captivity in Vietnam are a powerful part of his personal story.


  1. Montgomery Zoo's new rhino, featured on NBC's Today Show, named "Ethan" after Midland City child hostage

    The Montgomery Zoo received some national attention Saturday morning when NBC's Today Show aired a segment featuring the facility's new baby rhinoceros, the first known rhino conceived through artificial insemination and thrive in captivity.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: WSFA 12 Montgomery

  2. Giant panda gives birth to twin cubs in China

    A rare giant panda has given birth to a pair of infant pandas. The panda twins are the first born in captivity this year.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. Bowe Bergdahl: Hope Builds For Return Of US Army Sergeant Held By Taliban

    Bowe Bergdahl could soon be released from captivity with the Afghanistan Taliban, but a deal to send him home comes with great complications. The father of the Army sergeant said he is weighing potential deals for Bowe’s release, which would involve releasing detainees from Guantanemo prison. “Wars are very easy to get into and very... Read more » Bowe Bergdahl: Hope Builds For Return Of US Army ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr


  1. "On the one hand we are glad that our service personnel return safe and unharmed from their captivity, but on the other we return to the sober and ugly reality of what is happening through terrorism in Iraq, terrorism designed specifically to thwart...
    on Apr 5, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: Forbes

  2. "No one should be surprised if Hamas will now raise the price for freeing him," Mr. Boim said. "There is some basis to assessments that there is no need to keep Israeli soldiers alive in captivity because Israel will pay a high price even for...
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: Zeev Boim Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "The hostages can't be perfectly healthy after nearly 20 days in captivity. In that sense, they are not healthy on the whole," Song told reporters, according to Yonhap news agency. "There has been no symptom of any of the hostages being...
    on Aug 7, 2007 By: Song Min-soon Source: Guardian Unlimited

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