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[in-turn-muh nt] /ɪnˈtɜrn mənt/
an act or instance of interning.
the state of being interned; confinement.
Origin of internment
1865-70; intern1 + -ment
Can be confused
interment, internment. Unabridged
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  • McCloy initiated and directed the internment program.
  • The aid workers' unvoiced fear is that these sites will become internment camps.
  • Talk of internment was, he insisted, wide of the mark.
  • So the internment was carried out without much casualty.
  • Few follow this argument to the conclusion of internment and deportation.
  • The territory was little more than a voluntary internment camp, a sinkhole for foreign relief, covered in squatters' shantytowns.
  • The announcement of the internment was seen as an attempt to gain some support for the military takeover.
British Dictionary definitions for internment


  1. the act of interning or state of being interned, esp of enemy citizens in wartime or of terrorism suspects
  2. (as modifier): an internment camp
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Word Origin and History for internment

1870, from intern (v.) + -ment. Cf. French internement. Internment camp is attested from 1916.

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