internment

noun in·tern·ment \ in-ˈtərn-mənt , ˈin-ˌtərn- \

Definition of internment

plural internments
: the act of interning someone or the state of being interned
  • His parents had never told him about the exclusion laws, or the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the subject had not come up in his textbooks.
  • —Timothy Egan
  • Even in the midst of betrayal and the resulting alienation experienced in the internment, there exists the unnegotiable state of human bonds and possibility for reconciliation.
  • —Fumitaka Matsuoka
  • … an American who spent World War II with his parents in an internment camp.
  • —Philip Siekman

First Known Use of internment

1850

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