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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.


or thral•dom

(ˈθrɔl dəm)

the state of being a thrall; bondage; slavery; servitude.
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


or thraldom
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
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They also fled bondage during the chaos of war or bought themselves out of thralldom when possible.
It provides the retroactively imagined backstory to the franchise, distilling its heroic Force in the seemingly frail person of a little girl (Felicity Jones), who is destined to help lead the remnants of the human race out of intergalactic thralldom.
It is in this sense also that Jesus Christ is a personalising Person, for he redeems us from thralldom to depersonalising forces, repersonalising our human being in relation to himself and to other human beings.
we have none to blame for our thralldom but ourselves" (42).
Within the system of global monopoly capitalism, the world's wealth is being dominated by a tiny elite, while the vast majority of people are essentially wage-thralls who experience the abuses of capitalist ideology, including commodity fetishism, which only further contributes to their thralldom.
It is also true," Carew adds, "that the idea of sailing west in order to reach China and India would never have crystallised in a mind trapped in the thralldom of medieval superstition, the way Columbus' mind was when he left his lowly birthplace outside of Genoa".
Freedom that was wrested from the Rajapaksa presidency, after a decade of slavery and thralldom after January 09th, has been taken to such extremism where they even went to the extent of defying court orders and constitutional protection of the minorities.
The present economic crisis presents the best opportunity since 1932 to free Americans from their thralldom to the Federal Reserve System.
22) While Peltonen credits the force of Pococks interpretation of early modern republicanism, he takes issue with Pococks claim that "post-Elizabethan England lacked a fully developed civic consciousness, and was under the thralldom of a doctrine of double majesty," with the result that republicanism could gain ground in England only after the shock of the Civil War.
Given the majority of the people living in the thralldom of sardars, waderas, and some of them simultaneously pirs; and in the cities, clout of industrial tycoons and their nominees would reach the corridors of power and 'grace' the legislative halls.
Even as the world must together fight the Islamic radicals, whether in the realm of ideas or in the battlefield, it is also clear Muslims alone can break the thralldom of anti- modernity and violence that is espoused in the name of their faith.
However, to the disappointment and detriment of the tribal, they were kept in thralldom by successive Pakistani governments under the dreaded British-made Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), since its promulgation in 1872 though with slight amendments in 1878, 1901 and in 2012.