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1. The state of being in the power of another person or under the sway of an influence: "a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce" (Lewis H. Lapham).
a. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.
b. One who is in the power of another or under the sway of an influence.
tr.v. thralled, thrall·ing, thralls Archaic
To enslave.

[Middle English, slave, slavery, from Old English thrǣl, slave, bondman, from Old Norse thrǣll.]

thrall′dom, thral′dom n.
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the state of being in slavery or bondage to another person
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thraldom - the state of being under the control of another personthraldom - the state of being under the control of another person
subjection, subjugation - forced submission to control by others
bonded labor - a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
servitude - state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment; "penal servitude"
serfdom, serfhood, vassalage - the state of a serf
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or thraldom
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
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[ˈθrɔːldəm] N (liter) → esclavitud f
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, (US) thralldom
n (liter)Knechtschaft f; he was held in thraldom to her beauty (fig)ihre Schönheit hatte ihn in ihren Bann geschlagen
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References in classic literature ?
You also tried to release the objective case from its thraldom to the preposition, and it is written that servants should obey their masters.
I'll say that he is wise who loveth well, And that the soul most free is that most bound In thraldom to the ancient tyrant Love.
Though Jones was well satisfied with his deliverance from a thraldom which those who have ever experienced it will, I apprehend, allow to be none of the lightest, he was not, however, perfectly easy in his mind.
He had been torn out of the jaws of destruction, he had been delivered from the thraldom of despair; the whole world had been changed for him--he was free, he was free!
Fortunate, most fortunate occurrence!--fortunate for the millions of his manacled brethren, yet pant- ing for deliverance from their awful thraldom!--for- tunate for the cause of negro emancipation, and of universal liberty!--fortunate for the land of his birth, which he has already done so much to save and bless!
It had released itself from the thraldom that a growth of centuries had imposed on the branches of the surrounding forest trees, and threw its gnarled and fantastic arms abroad, in the wildness of liberty.
Doctor Battius had already disappeared in the bushes and the trapper was beginning to betray additional evidences of impatience, when the person of the former was seen retiring from the thicket backwards, with his face fastened on the place he had just left, as if his look was bound in the thraldom of some charm.
These gentlemen, like himself, were now emancipated from their 'prentice thraldom, and served as journeymen; but they were, in humble emulation of his great example, bold and daring spirits, and aspired to a distinguished state in great political events.
Whenever Georgiana could escape from the thraldom of Podsnappery; could throw off the bedclothes of the custard- coloured phaeton, and get up; could shrink out of the range of her mother's rocking, and (so to speak) rescue her poor little frosty toes from being rocked over; she repaired to her friend, Mrs Alfred Lammle.
Pardiggle being as clear that the only one infallible course was her course of pouncing upon the poor and applying benevolence to them like a strait-waistcoat; as Miss Wisk was that the only practical thing for the world was the emancipation of woman from the thraldom of her tyrant, man.
Britain supported the Confederates' secessionist cause and the fixity of Blacks' thraldom in the South for the sustenance and growth of its cotton-dependent industry in Leeds and Manchester.
He subsequently received a letter from a group of folks in Ohio ("[t]he friends of free principles") who planned a banquet to celebrate the death of the bank ("the emancipation of their country from the thraldom of the United States Bank").