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or thraldom

[thrawl-duh m] /ˈθrɔl dəm/
the state of being a thrall; bondage; slavery; servitude.
Origin of thralldom
1125-75; Middle English thraldom. See thrall, -dom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Heavy-wet and gin: alas, these are not the only kinds of thraldom.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Or the thraldom of the people in "the days of auld langsyne?"

  • In 1695 the Press was emancipated from its thraldom, and the office of licenser ceased to exist.

    Books Fatal to Their Authors P. H. Ditchfield
  • It presented to her too just an image of the thraldom, which was the subject of all her complaints.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • As it did so, Claire drew a deep breath, lifted her head like one released from a thraldom, and turned her face towards the camp.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Accordingly his delivery from that thraldom was matter for rejoicing.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Life would be miserable to him if he could not free himself from that thraldom.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • We knew not then the measure of this our freedom, for we had known no thraldom of flesh nor spirit.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Although I have not confessed to my thraldom, her woman's wit, I feel sure, has penetrated to the heart of my mystery.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • But the gold of France had freed the king from his thraldom.

Word Origin and History for thraldom

c.1200; see thrall + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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