Definition of thrall in English:
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
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- 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.
2 archaic A slave, servant, or captive.
- 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.
Old English thrǣl 'slave', from Old Norse thræll.
thraldom (also thralldom) noun
- 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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