- the owning or keeping of slaves as a practice or institution; slaveholding
- the condition of being a slave; bondage; servitude
- a condition of submission to or domination by some influence, habit, etc.
- hard work or toil like that done by slaves; drudgery
Slavery was a common practice in the 1800's on cotton plantations in the south.
An example of slavery is the ownership of blacks by whites before the Civil War.
- The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
- a. The practice of owning slaves.b. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
- The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
- A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.
See also captivity.abolitionism the movement for the abolition of slavery, especially Negro slavery in the U.S. —abolitionist, n. helotism the condition or quality of being a helot; serfdom or slavery. Also helotage, helotry. indentureship 1. the state or period of being indentured or apprenticed; apprenticeship. 2. the state or period of being a servant bound to service for a specified time in return for passage to a colony. servilism a doctrine that advocates slavery. —servility, n.
(usually uncountable, plural slaveries)
From slave +"Ž -ery.
- Lundy is said to have been the first to deliver anti-slavery lectures in the United States.
- Although older, his own name was present under Damian's, as if it had been erased during the long years of his slavery and newly added.
- In the period from 1822 to the Civil War anti-slavery is the most striking feature of Boston's annals.
- Seward soon became recognized as the leader of the anti-slavery Whigs.
- Slavery was forbidden by the sixth article of the ordinance; and the third article read: "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall for ever be encouraged."