Examples of chattel in a Sentence
at one time, the children of black slaves were also considered chattel
packed up all her chattels and moved to a new state
Recent Examples of chattel from the Web
At the moment, the brawl is over memorials to the men who fought for the Confederate States of America, a treasonous offshoot of the United States of America that formed itself around the defense of chattel slavery.
These statues were put up in the first place to sanitize the history of the men who fought to maintain chattel slavery and the men who later re-established white supremacy in the old Confederacy.
Some slave owners used the peach harvest as a kind of festival for their chattel, and runaways provisioned their secret journeys in untended orchards.
As Daenerys reminded the audience in Sunday night's episode, she was traded like chattel by her opportunistic brother Viserys.
The discovery led to efforts to dismantle a multimillion-dollar smuggling enterprise, and the traffickers soon abandoned their human chattel in jungle camps or in crowded vessels adrift in the Andaman Sea.
Gov. Mike Stack and his wife of security details and domestic staff amid allegations the Stacks treated them like chattel.
Pulido was certainly enslaved, but not as chattel who could be bought and sold.
Women are considered little more than baby-making chattel in many nations, the ones that most need lower populations.
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What is the Difference Between chattel and slave?
The word chattel is encountered in two main senses. The earlier of the two is primarily technical and refers to property, specifically property that is distinct from real estate holdings. The second meaning of chattel can excite considerable emotion, as it refers to humans as property, i.e., slaves. Chattel, slave and the less common bondman and thrall are all synonyms for a person held in servitude by another. Chattel and cattle both come to English from the same source: each is descended from the Medieval Latin word capitale, which itself traces to the Latin caput meaning “head.”
Synonymsbondman (also bondsman), slave, thrall
Related Wordsbondwoman (also bondswoman), odalisque; helot, serf; bond servant, indentured servant; attendant, domestic, drudge, handmaiden (also handmaid), lackey, menial, servant, slavey
Near Antonymsfreedman, freedwoman; enslaver, slave driver, slaveholder, slaver; master, taskmaster
CHATTEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chattel for English Language Learners
: something (such as a slave, piece of furniture, tool, etc.) that a person owns other than land or buildings
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