bondage

noun bond·age \ ˈbän-dij \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

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): such as
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

Examples of bondage in a Sentence

  1. a population held in bondage

  2. the Civil War ended over 200 years of bondage for black Africans in America

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Origin and Etymology of bondage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bonde customary tenant, from Middle English

BONDAGE Defined for English Language Learners

bondage

noun

Definition of bondage for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being a slave

  • : sexual activity that involves tying a person up for pleasure


BONDAGE Defined for Kids

bondage

noun bond·age \ ˈbän-dij \

Definition of bondage for Students

: the state of being a slave


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