What does internment mean?

Definitions for internmentɪnˈtɜrn mənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. internment(noun)

    confinement during wartime

  2. imprisonment, internment(noun)

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

  3. impoundment, impounding, internment, poundage(noun)

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


  1. Internment(n.)

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

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


  1. internment(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Internment(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [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."


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robin Gee:

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

  2. David Bowers:

    We have politicians talking about internment camps, but when we talk about comprehensive immigration reform, we have people running for office based on the fact they want to put illegal or undocumented folks into camps.

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