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durance

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noun du·rance \ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s also ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of durance

  1. 1 archaic :  endurance

  2. 2 :  restraint by or as if by physical force —usually used in the phrase durance vile



Origin of durance

Middle English, duration, from Anglo-French, from durer to last from Latin durare


First Known Use: 15th century


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