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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Definitions for durance

  1. Imprisonment; confinement or restraint by or as if by force (usually used in the phrase "durance vile").
  2. [Archaic] Endurance.

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Citations for durance
As any ex-con emerging from durance vile eventually realizes, things haven't remained the same on the outside while he was doing time. , Jerusalem Post
Escaping from durance vile, our hero discovers the village where his colleague parked the trusty Tiger Moth. Frederick Forsyth, Spectator
Origin of durance
late Middle English
1400-1450
Durance is from Middle English duraunce, "duration," from Old French durance, from durer, "to last; to endure," from Latin durare.