enserf

verb

en·​serf in-ˈsərf How to pronounce enserf (audio)
en-
enserfed; enserfing; enserfs

transitive verb

: to make a serf of : deprive of liberty and personal rights
enserfment noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yet more Chichikovian is April Parks, a Nevada court guardian (and superficially respectable citizen) who colluded with a network of doctors and judges to enserf more than 100 elderly people. Julian Lucas, New York Times, 2 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enserf was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Enserf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enserf. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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