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A woman bondservant.

[Middle English bondewomman, from bonde, serf; see bondage.]
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(ˈbɒndˌwʊmən) or


n, pl -women
a female serf or slave
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(ˈbɒndˌwʊm ən)

n., pl. -wom•en.
a female slave.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bondwoman - a female bound to serve without wages
bond servant - someone bound to labor without wages
2.bondwoman - a female slave
slave - a person who is owned by someone
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References in classic literature ?
This new order of things disgusted him, and he howled dismally for `Marmar', as his angry passions subsided, and recollections of his tender bondwoman returned to the captive autocrat.
OEDIPUS Be of good cheer; though I be proved the son Of a bondwoman, aye, through three descents Triply a slave, thy honor is unsmirched.
This son, Megapenthes, was born to him of a bondwoman, for heaven vouchsafed Helen no more children after she had borne Hermione, who was fair as golden Venus herself.
When I projected a daguerreotype of a young bondwoman, Delia, taken by Joseph Zealy in 1850 for Louis Agassiz's racially biased study, the traumatized look in her eyes forcefully recalled the victims' photographs I had seen at Auschwitz.
(54) This allows us to date this transfer of the bondwoman to no later than 788, the year when the existence of the Religious Division was attested in S.
Mammy was the premier house bondwoman, who was superior to all others and ruled with an iron fist (White 1985).
By doing so, US has slurred the sentiments of Muslims worldwide and stoke extremist movements and will face diplomatic as well political hampering in her relations with the Muslim states.US has emboldened the perception that Phalestine and Kashmir issue will not be resolved politically but militarily by force and that the UN is a toothless organisation which is a bondwoman of great powers.
Nietzsche's slave morality concept appears to have inspired the psychological characteristics of the Bondwoman type.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Manon's complicated desire for Sarah, both to know her and to possess her sexually as her husband has, is continually thwarted by the bondwoman's reticence.
"The Bondwoman's Narrative: Text, Paratext, Intertext and Hypertext." Journal of American Studies 39: 147-65.
A South Carolina English professor may have solved one of the most vexing literary questions: who wrote the 1850s book The Bondwoman's Narrative, believed to be the first novel ever written by an African-American woman?