Definition of servitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsərvəˌt(y)o͞od/


1The state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful.
Example sentences
  • Her status as slave condemns her to a life of servitude, with little or no control over her future.
  • A freed slave could be returned to servitude for helping a slave escape or for striking a white.
  • Many of the slaves are seen as passive, enjoying their servitude with a crude, animalistic joy.
slavery, enslavement, bondage, subjugation, subjection, domination
historical serfdom
1.1 Law , archaic The subjection of property to an easement.
Example sentences
  • Land includes buildings and other structures, land covered with water, and any estate, interest, easement, servitude in or over land.
  • Baronial jurisdiction was abolished, as was personal servitude, but dues and services attached to land tenure remained unless they were redeemed.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin servitudo, from servus 'slave'.

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Syllabification: ser·vi·tude

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