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A male bondservant.

[Middle English, from bonde, serf; see bondage.]


(ˈbɒnd mən)

also bondsman

n., pl. -men.
1. a male slave.
2. a man bound to service without wages.
3. (in the Middle Ages) a villein or other partially free tenant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bondman - a male bound to serve without wages
bond servant - someone bound to labor without wages
2.bondman - a male slave
slave - a person who is owned by someone
References in classic literature ?
Go on, my dear friend, till you, and those who, like you, have been saved, so as by fire, from the dark prison- house, shall stereotype these free, illegal pulses into statutes; and New England, cutting loose from a blood-stained Union, shall glory in being the house of refuge for the oppressed,--till we no longer merely "~hide~ the outcast," or make a merit of standing idly by while he is hunted in our midst; but, consecrat- ing anew the soil of the Pilgrims as an asylum for the oppressed, proclaim our WELCOME to the slave so loudly, that the tones shall reach every hut in the Carolinas, and make the broken-hearted bondman leap up at the thought of old Massachusetts.
And so soon as you have safely stored all your stuff indoors, I bid you put your bondman out of doors and look out for a servant-girl with no children; -- for a servant with a child to nurse is troublesome.
I should have said that you were one of those who should wash well, eat well, and lie soft at night as old men have a right to do; but tell me, and tell me true, whose bondman are you, and in whose garden are you working?
cried Polly, defiantly, for her wrath burned hotly against Trix, though she blessed her for setting the bondman free.
And when the eagle's boldest fest, Thou canst perform with skill, Then, think to stop proud freedom's march, And hold the bondman still.
400) More eloquent and polished than when he had left for England two years earlier, Douglass pressed northern whites to see the hypocrisy of their society: "Wherever waves the star-spangled banner there the bondman may be arrested and hurried back to the jaws of Slavery.
Conceivably, the players deliberately revived the play in order to exploit its topicality, since it appeared at a similar time to a number of other plays with narratives that paralleled the events of the Bohemian Crisis, such as Phillip Massinger's The Bondman (King's Men, licensed 3 December 1623), Thomas Drue's The Duchess of Suffolk (Palsgrave's Men, licensed 2 January 1624), and, of course, Thomas Middleton's A Game at Chess (King's Men, licensed 12 June 1624).
In that context, the students would look at the different Hebrew slave laws, contrasting the perspective of Exodus 21:2-11 and Deuteronomy 15:12-17 where certain Hebrew slaves may remain perpetual slaves (le' olam) versus Leviticus 25:39-46, where the slave is treated more as a bondman, and is set free at the jubilee year.
In fact, Deuteronomy establishes a link between the Exodus and the Hebrew bondman in its directive to free an eved ivri in the seventh year: You shall remember that you were a bondman [eved] in Egypt and the Lord redeemed you (Deut.
After two autumn seasons of Hall Caine sentimental, romantic dramas, The Prodigal Son (1905) and The Bondman (1906), 'Drury Lane melodrama escaped from the Hall Caine lowland fogs into the breezy clearness of the familiar uplands again, where anything may happen'.
Treasury Secretaries -- zeroed in on the relatively obscure Egyptian-born Oxbridge-educated bondman after 10 months.
My usual place between Dana Andrews and Michael Bondman became nonexistent.