bondage

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noun bond·age \ˈbän-dij\

Definition of bondage

  1. 1 :  the tenure or service of a villein, serf, or slave

  2. 2 :  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): such asa :  captivity, serfdomb :  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force young people in bondage to drugs

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of bondage

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


First Known Use: 14th century


BONDAGE Defined for English Language Learners

bondage

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noun bond·age \ˈbän-dij\

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

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noun bond·age \ˈbän-dij\

Definition of bondage for Students

  1. :  the state of being a slave



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