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servitude

[sur-vi-tood, -tyood] /ˈsɜr vɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
slavery or bondage of any kind:
political or intellectual servitude.
2.
compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals:
penal servitude.
3.
Law. a right possessed by one person to use another's property.
Origin of servitude
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin servitūdō, equivalent to servi-, combining form of servus slave + -tūdō, -tude
Synonyms
1. serfdom, thralldom. See slavery.
Antonyms
1. liberty.
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servitude

/ˈsɜːvɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
the state or condition of a slave; bondage
2.
the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or thing: servitude to drink
3.
(law) a burden attaching to an estate for the benefit of an adjoining estate or of some definite person See also easement
4.
short for penal servitude
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin servitūdō, from servus a slave
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Word Origin and History for servitude
n.

early 15c., "condition of being enslaved," from Old French servitude, servitute (13c.) and directly from Late Latin servitudo "slavery," from Latin servus "a slave" (see serve (v.)) + abstract noun suffix.

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