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thrall

 (thrôl)
n.
1. The state of being in the power of another person or under the sway of an influence: "a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce" (Lewis H. Lapham).
2.
a. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.
b. One who is in the power of another or under the sway of an influence.
tr.v. thralled, thrall·ing, thralls Archaic
To enslave.

[Middle English, slave, slavery, from Old English thrǣl, slave, bondman, from Old Norse thrǣll.]

thrall′dom, thral′dom n.

thrall

(θrɔːl)
n
1. Also called: thraldom or thralldom (US)the state or condition of being in the power of another person
2. a person who is in such a state
3. a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc
vb
(tr) to enslave or dominate
[Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll]

thrall

(θrɔl)

n.
1. a person who is in bondage; slave.
2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, etc.
3. slavery; thralldom.
v.t.
4. Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.
adj.
5. Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.
Idioms:
in thrall, in the power of someone or something; in a state of subjugation or rapt absorption: The speaker held us in thrall.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave]

thrall


Past participle: thralled
Gerund: thralling

Imperative
thrall
thrall
Present
I thrall
you thrall
he/she/it thralls
we thrall
you thrall
they thrall
Preterite
I thralled
you thralled
he/she/it thralled
we thralled
you thralled
they thralled
Present Continuous
I am thralling
you are thralling
he/she/it is thralling
we are thralling
you are thralling
they are thralling
Present Perfect
I have thralled
you have thralled
he/she/it has thralled
we have thralled
you have thralled
they have thralled
Past Continuous
I was thralling
you were thralling
he/she/it was thralling
we were thralling
you were thralling
they were thralling
Past Perfect
I had thralled
you had thralled
he/she/it had thralled
we had thralled
you had thralled
they had thralled
Future
I will thrall
you will thrall
he/she/it will thrall
we will thrall
you will thrall
they will thrall
Future Perfect
I will have thralled
you will have thralled
he/she/it will have thralled
we will have thralled
you will have thralled
they will have thralled
Future Continuous
I will be thralling
you will be thralling
he/she/it will be thralling
we will be thralling
you will be thralling
they will be thralling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thralling
you have been thralling
he/she/it has been thralling
we have been thralling
you have been thralling
they have been thralling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thralling
you will have been thralling
he/she/it will have been thralling
we will have been thralling
you will have been thralling
they will have been thralling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thralling
you had been thralling
he/she/it had been thralling
we had been thralling
you had been thralling
they had been thralling
Conditional
I would thrall
you would thrall
he/she/it would thrall
we would thrall
you would thrall
they would thrall
Past Conditional
I would have thralled
you would have thralled
he/she/it would have thralled
we would have thralled
you would have thralled
they would have thralled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thrall - the state of being under the control of another personthrall - 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.thrall - someone held in bondage
bond servant - someone bound to labor without wages
helot, serf, villein - (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord

thrall

noun slavery, bondage, servitude, enslavement, subjugation, serfdom, subjection, vassalage, thraldom Our children will be even more in the thrall of the silicon chip.

thrall

noun
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
Translations

thrall

[θrɔːl] N (liter) (= person) → esclavo/a m/f; (= state) → esclavitud f
to be in thrall toser esclavo de
to hold sb in thrallretener a algn en la esclavitud

thrall

n (liter)
(= slave)Leibeigene(r) m, → Sklave m (also fig), → Knecht m
(= condition) to be in thrall to somebody/somethingin jds Bann (dat)/im Bann einer Sache (gen)stehen
References in classic literature ?
On this singular gorget was engraved, in Saxon characters, an inscription of the following purport: ``Gurth, the son of Beowulph, is the born thrall of Cedric of Rotherwood.
All his former fears were forgotten or merged in the gigantic terror that now held him in thrall.
Yet I did not come here to do harm, but rather to free the royal family of Ev from the thrall of the Nome King, the news having reached me that he is holding the Queen and her children prisoners.
Thou com'st, indeed, As a poor miserable captive thrall Comes to the place where he before had sat Among the prime in splendour, now deposed, Ejected, emptied, gazed, unpitied, shunned, A spectacle of ruin, or of scorn, To all the host of Heaven.
Nay, Aylward," said Alleyne, laying his hand upon the sleeve of his companion's frayed jerkin, "you cannot think me so thrall as to throw aside an old friend because I have had some small share of good fortune.
Tom stood perfectly submissive; and yet Legree could not hide from himself that his power over his bond thrall was somehow gone.
As you open the door, you hear a noise as if somebody had suddenly recollected something, and, when you get in, Emily is over by the window, full of interest in the opposite side of the road, and your friend, John Edward, is at the other end of the room with his whole soul held in thrall by photographs of other people's relatives.
She was so completely under the thrall of the two clever ones, was so systematically kept in sight by one or other of them, and was so afraid to go about the house besides, that every opportunity of speaking to her alone appeared to be forestalled.
A moment before I had been safe of all men's respect, wealthy, beloved--the cloth laying for me in the dining-room at home; and now I was the common quarry of mankind, hunted, houseless, a known murderer, thrall to the gallows.
If that time shall come again, I look to you to make it a happy memory of my husband's life that it was his loving hand which set me free from the awful thrall upon me.
No man, they said, whether he were chosen King or no, had power to make them thralls of England.
Over fifty per cent are thralls by virtue of the fact that they are merely tenants or are mortgaged.