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slav·er·y

 (slā′və-rē, slāv′rē)
n. pl. slav·er·ies
1. The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
2.
a. The practice of owning slaves.
b. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
3. The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
4. A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.

slavery

(ˈsleɪvərɪ)
n
1. (Law) the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune
2. the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work
3. the condition of being subject to some influence or habit
4. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) work done in harsh conditions for low pay

slav•er•y

(ˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv ri)

n.
1. the condition of a slave; bondage.
2. the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.
3. a state of subjection like that of a slave.
4. severe toil; drudgery.
[1545–55]
syn: slavery, bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery. bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master. servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by law: penal servitude.

Slavery

See also captivity.

the movement for the abolition of slavery, especially Negro slavery in the U.S. — abolitionist, n.
the condition or quality of being a helot; serfdom or slavery. Also helotage, helotry.
1. the state or period of being indentured or apprenticed; apprenticeship.
2. the state or period of being a servant bound to service for a specified time in return for passage to a colony.
a doctrine that advocates slavery. — servility, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slavery - the state of being under the control of another personslavery - the state of being under the control of another person
subjection, subjugation - forced submission to control by others
bonded labor - a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
servitude - state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment; "penal servitude"
serfdom, serfhood, vassalage - the state of a serf
2.slavery - the practice of owning slaves
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
3.slavery - work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

slavery

noun enslavement, servitude, subjugation, captivity, bondage, thrall, serfdom, vassalage, thraldom My people have survived 300 years of slavery.
freedom, liberty, emancipation, release, manumission
Quotations
"There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave" [Nikki Giovanni A Dialogue [with James Baldwin]]
"Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows on every soil" [Edmund Burke On Conciliation with America]

slavery

noun
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
Translations
عُبودِيَّهعَمَل شاق وأُجْرَة مُنْخَفِضَهنِظام العُبودِيَّه
otroctvíotrokářstvíotročina
slaverislave
orjuus
òrælahaldòrælavinnaòrældómur
otročinaotrokárstvo
suženjstvo
slaveri
kölelikkölelik sistemizor ve ücreti düşük iş

slavery

[ˈsleɪvərɪ] Nesclavitud f

slavery

[ˈsleɪvəri] nesclavage m
to be sold into slavery → être vendu(e) en esclavageslave ship nnavire m négrierslave trade ncommerce m des esclaves

slavery

nSklaverei f; (= condition)Sklavenleben nt; (fig: = addiction) → sklavische Abhängigkeit (to von); she was tired of domestic slaverysie hatte es satt, sich immer im Haushalt abrackern zu müssen

slavery

[ˈsleɪvərɪ] n (condition) → schiavitù f; (system) → schiavismo
to reduce to slavery → schiavizzare

slave

(sleiv) noun
1. a person who works for a master to whom he belongs. In the nineteenth century many Africans were sold as slaves in the United States.
2. a person who works very hard for someone else. He has a slave who types his letters and organizes his life for him.
verb
to work very hard, often for another person. I've been slaving away for you all day while you sit and watch television.
ˈslavery noun
1. the state of being a slave.
2. the system of ownership of slaves.
3. very hard and badly-paid work. Her job is sheer slavery.
References in classic literature ?
He was born in the Far South, on the d'Arnault plantation, where the spirit if not the fact of slavery persisted.
The children appeared before her like antagonists who had overcome her; who had overpowered and sought to drag her into the soul's slavery for the rest of her days.
Things that were quite unspeakable went on there in the packing houses all the time, and were taken for granted by everybody; only they did not show, as in the old slavery times, because there was no difference in color between master and slave.
Perhaps the mildest form of the system of slavery is to be seen in the State of Kentucky.
There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them; who, esteeming themselves children of Washington and Franklin, sit down with their hands in their pockets, and say that they know not what to do, and do nothing; who even postpone the question of freedom to the question of free trade, and quietly read the prices-current along with the latest advices from Mexico, after dinner, and, it may be, fall asleep over them both.
Yes, here was a curious revelation, indeed, of the depth to which this people had been sunk in slavery.
He has been in rigid bondage so long that the large liberty of the university life is just what he needs and likes and thoroughly appreciates; and as it cannot last forever, he makes the most of it while it does last, and so lays up a good rest against the day that must see him put on the chains once more and enter the slavery of official or professional life.
Said he swum along behind me that night, and heard me yell every time, but dasn't answer, be- cause he didn't want nobody to pick HIM up and take him into slavery again.
She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.
In the month of August, 1841, I attended an anti- slavery convention in Nantucket, at which it was my happiness to become acquainted with FREDERICK DOUGLASS, the writer of the following Narrative.
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?
I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists.