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slavery

[sley-vuh-ree, sleyv-ree] /ˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv ri/
noun
1.
the condition of a slave; bondage.
2.
the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.
3.
a state of subjection like that of a slave:
He was kept in slavery by drugs.
4.
severe toil; drudgery.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; slave + -ery
Related forms
preslavery, adjective, noun
Synonyms
1. thralldom, enthrallment. Slavery, bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery. Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master. Servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by a legal penalty: penal servitude. 4. moil, labor.
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British Dictionary definitions for preslavery

slavery

/ˈsleɪvərɪ/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune
2.
the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work
3.
the condition of being subject to some influence or habit
4.
work done in harsh conditions for low pay
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Word Origin and History for preslavery

slavery

n.

1550s, "severe toil, hard work, drudgery;" from slave (v.) + -ery. Meaning "state of servitude" is from 1570s; meaning "keeping or holding of slaves" is from 1728.

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