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One who owns or holds slaves.

slave′hold′ing adj. & n.
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(Sociology) a person who owns slaves
ˈslaveˌholding n
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(ˈsleɪvˌhoʊl dər)

an owner of slaves.
slave′hold`ing, n., adj.
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Noun1.slaveholder - someone who holds slavesslaveholder - someone who holds slaves    
holder - a person who holds something; "they held two hostages"; "he holds the trophy"; "she holds a United States passport"
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References in classic literature ?
The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder's moral perceptions are known and conceded, the world over; and a privileged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.
I would do even the same for the slaveholder as for the slave, if the Lord brought him to my door in affliction."
"Well, I hate those old slaveholders!" said the boy, who felt as unchristian as became any modern reformer.
The letter states that young Matthews had been left in charge of the farm; that he gave an order to the servant, which was dis- obeyed, when he proceeded to the house, ~obtained a gun, and, returning, shot the servant.~ He immedi- ately, the letter continues, fled to his father's resi- dence, where he still remains unmolested."--Let it never be forgotten, that no slaveholder or overseer can be convicted of any outrage perpetrated on the person of a slave, however diabolical it may be, on the testimony of colored witnesses, whether bond or free.
Wayne Grady reintroduces us to Robinson Crusoe, intrepid seventeenth-century Renaissance man, colonizer, and slaveholder. But Grady finds a subversive argument against slavery within the pages of Defoe's great novel--one that escapes the protagonist himself.
During the reporting period, two former slaves appealed to the African Union the lenient sentence given to their former slaveholder in 2011.
The mastermind of this rising oligarchy was South Carolina slaveholder John C.
William Macomb was the largest slaveholder in Detroit in the late 1700s.
The Treasury Department's decision to replace a portrait of Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, on the front of the $20 bill with one of Harriet Tubman, a former slave and abolitionist, is both ironic and fitting.
Schultz (a role for which he won an Oscar), DeCaprio as the villainous slaveholder holding Django's wife.
Fuller, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina born in 1804, never took his paternalistic responsibilities as a slaveholder lightly.
Gray, who was a slaveholder from Southampton County, Virginia, portrays the revolt as "slaves engaged in 'cruelty and destruction,' they were a 'fiendish band,' 'remorseless murderers,' men 'actuated by...