American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.
- n. One who is intellectually or morally enslaved.
- n. Servitude; bondage: "a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce” ( Lewis H. Lapham).
- v. Archaic To enslave.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slave; a serf; a bondman; a captive.
- n. One who is a slave to some desire, appetite, spell, or other influence; one who is in moral bondage.
- n. Thraldom, literal or figurative; bondage; slavery; subjection.
- n. A shelf or stand; a stand for barrels.
- Enslaved; bond; subjugated.
- Figuratively, subject; enthralled.
- To deprive of liberty; enslave.
- Figuratively, to put in subjection to some power or influence; enthrall.
- n. One who is enslaved or mind-controlled.
- n. uncountable The state of being under the control of another person.
- v. To make a thrall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A slave; a bondman.
- n. Slavery; bondage; servitude; thraldom.
- n. Prov. Eng. A shelf; a stand for barrels, etc.
- adj. obsolete Of or pertaining to a thrall; in the condition of a thrall; bond; enslaved.
- v. Obs. or Poetic To enslave.
- n. someone held in bondage
- n. the state of being under the control of another person
- Old English þrǣl, from Old Norse þræll ("slave") whence the Icelandic þræll ("slave"); according to ODS probably akin to Old High German drigil, servant, to the Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (þragjan) and to the Old English þrægan, to run (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English thrǣl, from Old Norse thrǣll. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The other survivor is a bombastic general from the other clan, in thrall to military glory, in love with death.”
“I am on the left and in thrall to Karl Marx, Gul tells Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror.”
“You are either a stupid troll in thrall to the screechmonkeys that do your thinking for you and knowing you are too stupid to even TRY to discuss the topic or you are a mental patient who needs to increase your meds.”
“But at this point they are discovering that they are just as much in thrall as the centrists to paymasters uninterested in universal coverage.”
“The truth is that Britain's economic policymakers are as in thrall to bankers as their 1970s forerunners were to trade unionists.”
“It's heartening to know that not all Mexicans are in thrall to the mighty Christmas tree and still put up nacimientos in their homes!”
“Funds to finance these huge war loans was borrowed from China and Japan, putting America ever deeper in thrall to the Asian powers, and undermining its finances.”
“The NSO players are plainly in thrall to Eschenbach, whose qualities are diametrically opposed to his predecessor, Leonard Slatkin.”
“In their third and final television debate, Elaine Marshall bashed incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr as a homophobic influence-peddler in thrall to big pharma and the military-industrial complex.”
“Students spend years cramming details for memorized tests; the ones who succeed then spend years in thrall to entrenched professors.”
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