Bondage meaning

bŏndĭj
The practice of being physically restrained, as with cords or handcuffs, as a means of attaining sexual gratification.
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The state of one who is bound as a slave or serf.
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The definition of bondage means the state of being a slave or of being severely constricted or restrained by obligations or circumstances.

A person who is a slave is an example of someone in bondage.

A person who is tied to his job and who has no choice to leave because of financial pressure is an example of someone in bondage.

Tying up your significant other with handcuffs as part of a sexual encounter is an example of bondage.

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A state of subjection to a force, power, or influence.
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Serfdom or slavery.
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The practice of tying people up for sexual pleasure.

Their marriage broke up when she discovered he had been engaging in bondage games with a local dominatrix while he was supposedly working out at the gym.

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Villeinage.
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Subjection to some force, compulsion, or influence; specif., physical restraint as a sadomasochistic technique.
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The state of being enslaved or the practice of slavery.

In Judeo-Christian tradition, the Israelites fled bondage at the hands of the Egyptians, only to wander in the wilderness for the next four decades.

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(by extension) The state of lacking freedom; constraint.

He lived in financial bondage to his cocaine habit; no matter how much he earned, it all seemed to disappear up his nose.

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Applied to clothing with many buckles, zips, etc., associated with punk and goth subcultures.

Bondage trousers; bondage jeans; bondage pants.

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Origin of bondage

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Middle English bonde serf from Old English bōnda husbandman from Old Norse bōndi present participle of būa to live bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bondage (“serfdom”), from Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) bondagium (“an inferior tenure held by a bond or husbandman”), from Middle English bond (“a tenant farmer, serf”), from Old English bonda (“a householder, husband, head of a family”), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse bōndi, bōandi (“free-born farmer, husband", literally "dweller”), from bōa, būa (“to dwell”), from Proto-Germanic *būaną (“to dwell, wone”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with Icelandic and Faroese bóndi (“farmer”), Danish bo (“to dwell, wone”), German bauen (“to build”), Dutch boer (“boor, farmer”), English bower. See also neighbour, booth, build.

    From Wiktionary