1. de- "down" + tent- "hold, keep" + -ion.
2. => hold sb/sth down, keep sb/sth down.
- detention (n.)
- 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.
- 1. They have been held in detention since the end of June.
- 2. The teacher kept the boys in detention after school.
- 3. He said that he was not tortured or maltreated during his detention.
- 4. The detention raised two distinct but closely linked questions.
- 5. Jails and temporary detention camps are overflowing.
[ detention 造句 ]