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Interment and Internment

Commonly Confused Words

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The noun interment refers to the act or ritual of burial.

The noun internment refers to the act of confining or imprisoning (or the state of being confined or imprisoned), especially in wartime.

Examples:

  • During the Civil War, there was sometimes a considerable delay between the date of a soldier's death and his interment.

  • During World War II, roughly 120,000 people of Japanese descent, almost two-thirds of them American citizens, were removed to internment camps in the U.S.

Practice:

(a) The minister was responsible for recording the time and place of the funeral service and _____ on the church calendar.

(b) While governments often resort to _____ during periods of national emergency, such as a war or during a terrorist campaign, the practice raises questions about the balance between security and liberty.


Answers to Practice Exercises

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