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durance

[doo r-uh ns, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
2.
Archaic. endurance.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French. See dure2, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for durance

durance

/ˈdjʊərəns/
noun (archaic or literary)
1.
imprisonment
2.
duration
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre

Durance

/French dyrɑ̃s/
noun
1.
a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
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Word Origin and History for durance
n.

late 15c., from Old French durance "duration," from durer "to endure," from Latin durare (see endure).

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