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A male bondservant.

[Middle English, from bonde, serf; see bondage.]
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(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.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself.
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?
"Well, he is n't going!" cried Polly, defiantly, for her wrath burned hotly against Trix, though she blessed her for setting the bondman free.
This will be a great way to celebrate independence, national day even bondman years (2015-18) hereafter.
Bondman, 50, of Harrisburg, for battery and possession of methamphetamine.
For failure of their friend to appear at his scheduled arraignment, the court ordered the bond forfeited in favor of the government, and, following the bondman's failure to produce in court the body of the accused, rendered judgment against the bond.
"They apparently developed a slave system under which the status of bondman was something between that of the Jewish 'servant' and the Gentile 'slave'." Even bondservants, slaves for life, "were protected by the Mosaic Law from extreme mistreatment" (Greene 167-68, 219; Powers 94, 165-66, 543; Towner 14).
Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
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.
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).
A year and a half later, he argued that antislavery men "have too easily given up the Constitution to slavery." (578) Now, Douglass conceded that the Founders might have "introduced a clause" into the Constitution "for the purpose to return the bondman," but such a clause "transcended their authority," because no one had the right to make anyone else a slave.