Definition of bondage in English:

bondage

Syllabification: bond·age
Pronunciation: /ˈbändij
 
/

noun

  • 1The state of being a slave: the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt’s bondage figurative the bondage of drug addiction
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    • He noted that it was significant that after four centuries of bondage the descendants of slaves have become a free and independent people.
    • During the nineteenth century, juries as far South as Georgia refused to convict whites who assisted slaves escaping from bondage.
    • Furthermore, his 1839 statement reflected a greater concern about the conscience of the slave owner than the physical bondage of the slave.
    Synonyms
    slavery, enslavement, servitude, subjugation, subjection, oppression, domination, exploitation, persecution; enthrallment, thraldom
    historical serfdom, vassalage
  • 2Sexual practice that involves the tying up or restraining of one partner.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Latin bondagium, from Middle English bond 'serf' (earlier 'peasant, householder'), from Old Norse bóndi 'tiller of the soil', based on búa 'dwell'; influenced in sense by bond.

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