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Definition of "bondage" []

  • The state of one who is bound as a slave or serf. (noun)
  • A state of subjection to a force, power, or influence. (noun)
  • The practice of being physically restrained, as with cords or handcuffs, as a means of attaining sexual gratification. (noun)
  • Villeinage. (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 "bondage" in a sentence
  • "Does this falsify the declarations of Scripture, that 'they sighed by reason of their bondage,' and that the Egyptians 'made them serve _with rigor_,' and made 'their lives bitter with _hard bondage_.'"
  • "“Mu’attik al-Rikáb” i.e. who frees those in bondage from the yoke."
  • "This was an entirely new punishment for people who, when they were in a state of what was called bondage, thought nothing was shameful or “illegitimate” about unmarried parents."