from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
  • noun The practice of owning slaves.
  • noun A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
  • noun The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
  • noun A condition of hard work and subjection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Slabbery; wet with slaver.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The keeping or holding of slaves; the practice of keeping human beings in a state of servitude or bondage.
  • noun Servitude; the continuous and exhausting labor of a slave; drudgery.
  • noun The act of enslaving.
  • noun Synonyms Bondage, etc. See servitude.
  • noun 1 and
  • noun Vassalage, thraldom, serfdom, peonage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From slave +‎ -ery.


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