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One who owns or holds slaves.

slave′hold′ing adj. & n.


(Sociology) a person who owns slaves
ˈslaveˌholding n


(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"
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.
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.
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.
Fuller, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina born in 1804, never took his paternalistic responsibilities as a slaveholder lightly.
Schultz (a role for which he won an Oscar), DeCaprio as the villainous slaveholder holding Django's wife.
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.
Their Enlightenment-like vision of unlimited progress and ardent abolitionist stance led them severely to attack southern slaveholder evangelicals and to depict Catholics as spiritually enslaved by papal tyranny.
There she will confront its mysterious resident, who may or may not be the infamous 18th-century slaveholder Ezekiel Pomeroy.
122) For Glymph the wartime stresses on Confederate women focused on their "status as slaveholder, not simply on their predicament as helpless females," and slaves' "resistance to white women derived from a hatred of their position as slaveholders .
The laws of this era privileged white male authority: whereas the 1662 law upheld the power of a slaveholder to engage in relations with enslaved women, a 1664 law of Maryland criminalized relationships between white women and black men.