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bondage

noun bond·age \ˈbän-dij\

: the state of being a slave

: sexual activity that involves tying a person up for pleasure

Full Definition of BONDAGE

1
:  the tenure or service of a villein, serf, or slave
2
:  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): as
a :  captivity, serfdom
b :  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force <young people in bondage to drugs>
3
:  sadomasochistic sexual practices involving the physical restraint of one partner
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Examples of BONDAGE

  1. a population held in bondage
  2. <the Civil War ended over 200 years of bondage for black Africans in America>

Origin of BONDAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bonde customary tenant, from Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

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BONDAGE Defined for Kids

bondage

noun bond·age \ˈbän-dij\

Definition of BONDAGE for Kids

:  the state of being a slave

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