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1. The condition of being a peon.
2. A system by which debtors are bound in servitude to their creditors until their debts are paid.


(ˈpiːənɪdʒ) or


1. (Sociology) the state of being a peon
2. (Banking & Finance) a system in which a debtor must work for his creditor until the debt is paid off


(ˈpi ə nɪdʒ)

1. the condition or service of a peon.
2. the practice of holding persons in servitude or partial slavery, as to work off a debt or to serve a penal sentence.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peonage - the condition of a peon
subjection, subjugation - forced submission to control by others
2.peonage - the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"


[ˈpiːənɪdʒ] Ncondición f de peón (fig) → servidumbre f, esclavitud f
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It's a debt peonage system they are never able to extract themselves from," said James Early, a Brazil expert and former director of cultural heritage policy at the Smithsonian Institution and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies.
The complaint contended that US companies Rubicon Resources, and Wales and Co Universe - along with Thai companies Phatthana Seafood and SS Frozen Food - were responsible for peonage, forced labour, involuntary servitude and human trafficking, as they were 'participants in a joint venture that in violation of US law knowingly profited from the import and sale of shrimp and seafood produced with trafficked labor'.
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According to Fraga, the plight of debt peonage and crop liens characteristic of black sharecroppers in the US South did not entrap former slaves in northeastern Brazil to the same extent.
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Tenders are invited for Service of peonage for the dependencies of the Provincial Directorate, Administration 17/03 of Figueres and ERU 17/04 of Ripoll of the General Treasury of the Social Security of Girona, for the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 .
However, the 'casually authoritative way' in which this Spanish colonial economist refers to the device of debt in Fernando Po's hiring arrangements should give us pause, not only because it skims over the many instances of actual violence within the 'deceptively transparent' relation of peonage, but because it papers over the history and ethics of resistance on the part of those who demanded the advance (Taussig 1987: 65; Rctsikas 2016).
Slavery transformed into peonage and provided free labor to White elites with Black dispensable bodies building and laboring in institutions such as Duke University, Georgetown University and others.
Peonage remained a staple of the railroad, lumber, and turpentine industries in Florida until about 1950.
Mapuche with rights to reservation lands existed alongside a broad swath of poor mestizo Chileans who, like many Mapuches, constantly petitioned the state for titles as small landowners while surviving through itinerant wage work or peonage on tree plantations.
14) With knowledge of the lives of Africans, both enslaved and free, in colonial Costa Rica, would these West Indians have been better prepared for the historically sanctioned legalized hostility that faced them in the forms of debt peonage, abusive labor relations, living segregation, ID carnets and cedulas which, like the Apartheid system of the South, needed to constantly list, contain, number and hold accountable the "potential" of Blackness through policing and divide and conquer?
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