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enslave

[en-sleyv] /ɛnˈsleɪv/
verb (used with object), enslaved, enslaving.
1.
to make a slave of; reduce to slavery:
His drug addiction has completely enslaved him.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; en-1 + slave
Related forms
enslavement, noun
enslaver, noun
reenslave, verb (used with object), reenslaved, reenslaving.
reenslavement, noun
unenslaved, adjective
Synonyms
enchain, shackle; control, dominate.
Antonyms
free, liberate, release.
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  • The methods varied from beating and enslavement to executions.
British Dictionary definitions for enslavement

enslave

/ɪnˈsleɪv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate
Derived Forms
enslavement, noun
enslaver, noun
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Word Origin and History for enslavement
n.

1690s, from enslave + -ment.

enslave

v.

1640s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + slave (n.). Related: Enslaved; enslaving.

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