bondage

bondage

[bon-dij]
noun
1.
slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom.
2.
the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.
3.
the state or practice of being physically restrained, as by being tied up, chained, or put in handcuffs, for sexual gratification.
4.
Early English Law. personal subjection to the control of a superior; villeinage.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin bondagium. See bond2, -age


1. captivity, restraint; prison. See slavery. 2. thralldom, captivity, confinement, imprisonment.
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bondage (ˈbɒndɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  slavery or serfdom; servitude
2.  Also called: villeinage (in medieval Europe) the condition and status of unfree peasants who provided labour and other services for their lord in return for holdings of land
3.  a sexual practice in which one partner is physically bound

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bondage
c.1300, "condition of a serf or slave," from Anglo-L. bondagium, from M.E. bond "a serf, tenant farmer," from O.E. bonda "householder," from O.N. boandi "free-born farmer," lit. prp. of boa "dwell, prepare, inhabit," from PIE *bhow-, from base *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see
be). Meaning in English changed by influence of bond. The sexual sado-masochism sense is recorded by 1966.
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Bondage definition


of Israel in Egypt (Ex. 2:23, 25; 5), which is called the "house of bondage" (13:3; 20:2). This word is used also with reference to the captivity in Babylon (Isa. 14:3), and the oppression of the Persian king (Ezra 9:8, 9).

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