Slavery definition

slāvə-rē, slāvrē
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The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
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The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
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The condition of being a slave; bondage; servitude.
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The owning or keeping of slaves as a practice or institution; slaveholding.
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A condition of submission to or domination by some influence, habit, etc.
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Hard work or toil like that done by slaves; drudgery.
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(figuratively) A condition in which one is captivated or subjugated, as by greed or drugs.
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A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.
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An institution or social practice of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers.
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A condition of servitude endured by a slave.
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Slavery is someone owning another person.

An example of slavery is the ownership of blacks by whites before the Civil War.

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A condition of hard work and subjection.

Wage slavery.

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The practice of owning slaves.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
slavery
Plural:
slaveries

Origin of slavery

  • From slave +"Ž -ery.

    From Wiktionary