2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slavery \Slav"er*y\, noun; pl. {Slaveries}. [See 2d {Slave}.]

1. The condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another.

Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, slavery, said I, still thou art a bitter draught! --Sterne.

I wish, from my soul, that the legislature of this state [Virginia] could see the policy of a gradual abolition of slavery. It might prevent much future mischief. --Washington.

2. A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will.

The vulgar slaveries rich men submit to. --C. Lever.

There is a slavery that no legislation can abolish, -- the slavery of caste. --G. W. Cable.

3. The holding of slaves.

Syn: Bondage; servitude; inthrallment; enslavement; captivity; bond service; vassalage.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the state of being under the control of another person [syn: {bondage}, {slavery}, {thrall}, {thralldom}, {thraldom}]

2: the practice of owning slaves [syn: {slavery}, {slaveholding}]

3: work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay

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