Slavery Slav"er*y, n.; pl. {Slaveries}. [See 2d {Slave}.] 1. The condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another. [1913 Webster]

Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, slavery, said I, still thou art a bitter draught! --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

I wish, from my soul, that the legislature of this state [Virginia] could see the policy of a gradual abolition of slavery. It might prevent much future mischief. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

2. A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will. [1913 Webster]

The vulgar slaveries rich men submit to. --C. Lever. [1913 Webster]

There is a slavery that no legislation can abolish, -- the slavery of caste. --G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster]

3. The holding of slaves. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Bondage; servitude; inthrallment; enslavement; captivity; bond service; vassalage. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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