Synonyms for detention
- holding back
- holding pen
- keeping in
- time up the river
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DETENTION
We had good passages out and home, experiencing no detention or accidents.
His detention was doubtless irregular, for by law he should have been sent beyond the seas.
That done, he resorted to measures for La Boulaye's detention.
He had a warrant authorising her detention in a home for chronic inebriates.
Detention, most courteously arranged, while the Ambassador was communicated with.
Sir Donald urges the necessity of Paul's arrest and detention.
The boat reached her mooring in good season, notwithstanding the detention.
Foyle murmured an assent and led the way back to the detention room.
The detention of this mysterious prisoner in the Bastille was not an extended one.
Far from detention, he received supplies and reinforcements.
mid-15c., from Middle French détention (13c.), from Late Latin detentionem (nominative detentio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin detinere (see detain). Sense of "confinement" used by 1570s (in reference to Mary Queen of Scots). In reference to school punishment, recorded from 1882.
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