durance

durance

[door-uhns, dyoor-]
noun
1.
incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile ).
2.
Archaic. endurance.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French. See dure2, -ance

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durance (ˈdjʊərəns)
 
n
1.  imprisonment
2.  duration
 
[C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre]

Durance (French dyrɑ̃s)
 
n
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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