from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.
  • n. The practice of owning slaves.
  • n. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
  • n. The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
  • n. A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An institution or social practice of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers.
  • n. A condition of servitude endured by a slave.
  • n. A condition in which one is captivated or subjugated, as by greed or drugs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another.
  • n. A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will.
  • n. The holding of slaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slabbery; wet with slaver.
  • n. A state of servitude; the condition of a slave; bondage; entire subjection to the will and commands of another; the obligation to labor for a master without the consent of the servant; the establishment of a right in law which makes one person absolute master of the body and the service of another.
  • n. The keeping or holding of slaves; the practice of keeping human beings in a state of servitude or bondage.
  • n. Servitude; the continuous and exhausting labor of a slave; drudgery.
  • n. The act of enslaving.
  • n. Synonyms Bondage, etc. See servitude.
  • n. 1 and
  • n. Vassalage, thraldom, serfdom, peonage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice of owning slaves
  • n. work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
  • n. the state of being under the control of another person


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From slave +‎ -ery.



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