thralldom


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thrall

 (thrôl)
n.
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).
2.
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.

thrall•dom

or thral•dom

(ˈθrɔl dəm)

n.
the state of being a thrall; bondage; slavery; servitude.
[1125–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thralldom - the state of being under the control of another personthralldom - 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

thralldom

or thraldom
noun
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
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