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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.
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(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
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(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.]
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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"
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[ˈpiːənɪdʒ] Ncondición f de peón (fig) → servidumbre f, esclavitud f
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Some governors used to engage in massive borrowing from commercial banks at exorbitant rates; leaving their states in a debt peonage. The catalogue of mischief is in endless concentric circles.
What is the World Bank's culpability in the pains suffered by the Filipinos through several decades of debt peonage with the Bank and the western banks?
In between saving those unjustly condemned to death, Grace, in search of the missing, traveled south to find and expose the practice of peonage, in which the poor in search of employment were hired at low wages and charged for their food, lodging and necessities.
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Rizal's ultimate sacrifice, according to the Chief Executive, "awakened the entire Filipino race from its peonage to a colonial master for more than 30 decades." He said 122 years have passed since Rizal died yet his influence on the nation remains relevant.
Jose Rizal, whose ultimate sacrifice awakened the entire Filipino race from its peonage to a colonial master for more than 30 decades," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
And God knows Hillary Clinton was probably the least likely Democrat in the land to fix it, but then and now many millions of Americans seem perfectly willing to consign their fates to the billionaires and centimillionaires who spent the past several decades rigging the system, which included corralling us into wage peonage in the name of the almighty free market.
But, despite legal prohibitions, slavery proved remarkably resilient, with colonists using subterfuges such as debt peonage, "just wars" (which sanctioned enslavement of captured enemies as a more moral outcome than justified slaughter), and other tricks.
As amended, the TVPA creates six new offenses: (1) forced labor, (44) (2) benefitting financially from forced labor, (3) trafficking with respect to peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude, or forced labor, (45) (4) sex trafficking and benefitting from sex trafficking of children, (46) (5) unlawful conduct with respect to related documents, (47) and (6) benefitting financially from other TVPA offenses.
"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'.