durance

noun
du·​rance | \ ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce durance (audio) also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durance

1 archaic : endurance
2 : restraint by or as if by physical force usually used in the phrase durance vile

First Known Use of durance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for durance

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

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“Durance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durance. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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