American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A male bondservant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, a villein, or tenant in villeinage.
- n. A man slave, or a man bound to service without wages. Also improperly written bondsman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man slave, or one bound to service without wages.
- n. (Old Eng. Law) A villain, or tenant in villenage.
- n. a male bound to serve without wages
- n. a male slave
- bond + -man (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from bonde, serf; see bondage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And what would you call the bondman whose master had generously paid his debt, and who refused to accept that generosity, but insisted on working it out himself, though the debt was more than he could discharge by the work of a thousand years?”
“Page 12 non-slaveholding white killed a negro, payment of the price of the bondman was his acquittance; in no case was imprisonment or the death penalty inflicted.”
“The next morning broke silently, and with the rising of the sun the plantation bell or the conch called the bondman and bondwoman into the cane-fields.”
“Now, the term here translated "bondman" is the generic עֶבֶד, _evedh_, elsewhere translated "servant," and therefore should have been thus translated here, unless a different rendering is required by the context.”
“If the servant was a slave, because he was called by the Hebrew word rendered "bondman," then was Jacob a slave also: -- and even still greater absurdities could be deduced from the position.”
“bondman," one contracting service for a term of years; שָּׂכִיר,”
“bondman" used in the Mosaic law means chattel slavery; 2.”
“He at once captivated my imagination, and I have been ever since his loving bondman.”
“When the King heard her words, he knew her desire and said, As for thy saying that thou art wretched, there is for such speech no ground, inasmuch as my kingdom and good and all I possess are at thy service and I also am become thy bondman; but, as for thy saying, ‘I am parted from my mother and brother and family’, tell me where they are and”
“Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July!”
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