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thrall

[thrawl] /θrɔl/
noun
1.
a person who is in bondage; slave.
2.
a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like:
He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.
3.
slavery; thralldom.
verb (used with object)
4.
Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.
adjective
5.
Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.
Origin of thrall
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave
Related forms
unthralled, adjective
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  • Something in this made Garth's hopes lift up a little; for she did not speak as one whose heart was in thrall.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • What man would be so caitiff and thrall as to fail you at your need?

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Why should I blush to say to all, That Virtue holds my heart in thrall?

  • She was in the thrall of fear, but, had she been questioned, would not have allowed that she was afraid.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • They have treated me as a thrall who had whiles to play a queen's part in a show.

    Child Christopher William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for thrall

thrall

/θrɔːl/
noun
1.
Also called thraldom, (US) thralldom (ˈθrɔːldəm). the state or condition of being in the power of another person
2.
a person who is in such a state
3.
a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc
verb
4.
(transitive) to enslave or dominate
Word Origin
Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll
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Word Origin and History for thrall
n.

Old English þræl "bondman, serf, slave," from Old Norse þræll "slave, servant," probably from Proto-Germanic *thrakhilaz, literally "runner," from root *threh- "to run" (cf. Old High German dregil "servant," properly "runner;" Old English þrægan, Gothic þragjan "to run").

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