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Definitions for internment
ɪnˈtɜrn məntin·tern·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. internmentnoun

    confinement during wartime

  2. imprisonment, internmentnoun

    the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)

  3. impoundment, impounding, internment, poundagenoun

    placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law


  1. Internmentnoun

    Confining within a country for the duration of a war; -- usually of citizens of a hostile power.


  1. internmentnoun

    Confinement within narrow limits, as of foreign troops, to the interior of a country.


  1. internment

    Internment refers to the detainment or confinement of a person or a group of people, typically during a war or under governmental authority. It is usually done without charges or intent to file charges. This practice deprives individuals of their freedom, as they are often held in camps or prisons without a trial or a sentencing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Internmentnoun

    confinement within narrow limits, -- as of foreign troops, to the interior of a country

  2. Etymology: [F. internement. See Intern.]


  1. Internment

    Internment is the imprisonment or confinement of people, commonly in large groups, without trial. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the meaning as: "The action of 'interning'; confinement within the limits of a country or place." Most modern usage is about individuals, and there is a distinction between internment, which is being confined usually for preventive or political reasons, and imprisonment, which is being closely confined as a punishment for crime. Internment also refers to the practice of neutral countries in time of war in detaining belligerent armed forces and equipment in their territories under the Second Hague Convention. Early civilizations such as Assyria used forced resettlement of populations as a means of controlling territory, but it was not until much later in the late 19th and 20th centuries that records exist of groups of civilian non-combatants being concentrated into large prison camps. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights restricts the use of internment. Article 9 states that "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of internment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of internment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of internment in a Sentence

  1. Maggie Hassan:

    We must teach both our triumphs and our mistakes, whether it’s enslavement, Japanese internment or the treatment of those with disabilities.

  2. Robin Gee:

    The war and the internment camps changed everybody’s future direction. And I think in Takayo’s case, it turned out magnificently.

  3. Colleen Hanabusa:

    This is racial stereotyping. Does he greet others in their ancestral language ? this mentality led to a period in American history that saw 120,000 men, women and children, including my grandfathers, sent to internment camps after World War II.

  4. Kevin Mack:

    Yesterday Donald Trump was putting children in internment camps, and today Donald Trump's putting families in internment camps. We think both things are wrong.

  5. Nyrola Elimä:

    It is unethical to continue investing there, you can't do business with a country that has internment camps, especially when you know there is a camp in that region.

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