Definition of "servitude" [serv•i•tude]

  • A state of subjection to an owner or master. (noun)
  • Lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses. (noun)
  • Forced labor imposed as a punishment for crime: penal servitude in labor camps. (noun)
  • Law A right that grants use of another's property. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "servitude" in a sentence
  • "The reason outlaw peonage, slavery, sweatshops, pimping, and other forms of bound servitude is because they are a logical extension of a market economy and will always exist if they are not outlawed."
  • "It is usually white delusion that makes us think they'd select the name of someone who kept them in servitude and destroyed their family unit."
  • "The abjectness of their servitude is incomprehensible to us."