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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
[Middle English, slave, slavery, from Old English thrǣl, slave, bondman, from Old Norse thrǣll.]
thrall′dom, thral′dom n.
1. Also called: thraldom or thralldom (US)the state or condition of being in the power of another person
2. a person who is in such a state
3. a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc
(tr) to enslave or dominate
[Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll]
1. a person who is in bondage; slave.
2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, etc.
3. slavery; thralldom.v.t.
4. Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.adj.
5. Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.Idioms:
in thrall, in the power of someone or something; in a state of subjugation or rapt absorption: The speaker held us in thrall.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave]
Past participle: thralled
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|Noun||1.||thrall - the state of being under the control of another person|
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"
|2.||thrall - someone held in bondage|
bond servant - someone bound to labor without wages