Definition of thrall in English:

thrall

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Pronunciation: /θrɔːl
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] literary The state of being in someone’s power, or of having great power over someone: she was in thrall to her abusive husband
More example sentences
  • Another is to suppose that those who disagree with us are in thrall to some evil power.
  • We live in a world dominated by the private sector and governments in thrall to it.
  • We want food freed from the grip of science rather than further in thrall to it.
Synonyms
power, clutches, hands, control, grip, grasp, yoke; enslavement, bondage, slavery, subjection, subjugation, servitude, tyranny, oppression, domination, hegemony, supremacy
2 archaic A slave, servant, or captive.
More example sentences
  • Lowest in the social order were the thralls, or slaves.
  • Later that night, the two flew into the village and laid waste to it, killing some people while making thralls of others.
  • No, they would not allow themselves to become the helpless thralls of that traitor.

Origin

Old English thrǣl 'slave', from Old Norse thræll.

Derivatives

thraldom

(also thralldom) noun
More example sentences
  • The river maps the feudarchy of northern India, to which their lives are bound; but from the river's culture, also, comes the expressive lyricism that redeems them, however temporarily, from their thralldom.
  • Council house sales freed hundreds of thousands from virtual thraldom, and her union reforms released untold numbers more from the iniquities of the closed shop and secondary picketing.
  • Having sloughed off the social illiteracy that was Marxism, after 72 years, western Europe is again in thraldom to the delusions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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