Examples of servitude in a Sentence
the Fugitive Slave Act had the effect of returning slaves who had made it to freedom in the North to a brutal life of servitude in the South
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Commonly fixed in positions of servitude—as footmen or waiters, for example—the figures personify fantasies of racial conquest.
Acknowledging their ancestors’ servitude as part of that can be uncomfortable.
There are other stories of his generosity, such as secretly paying the dowries of three sisters so they could be married instead of being sold into servitude.
This willingness to present people in their fullness extends to the Nanny as well, played by Kelly Macdonald as a person of deep sensitivity and patience, but also a lust to find her own life, outside domestic servitude.
Although involuntary servitude helped develop the world’s greatest rice bowl in the Irrawaddy delta, strong ethno-nationalist sentiment prompted the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Indians (and Chinese) in the early 1960s.
Some women, called handmaids, are forced into reproductive servitude.
The 15th Amendment prevented states from denying voting rights based on race, color or earlier condition of servitude.
Many of the native people of the island were forced into servitude.
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Servitude is slavery or anything resembling it. The entire black population of colonial America lived in permanent servitude. And millions of the whites who populated this country arrived in "indentured servitude", obliged to pay off the cost of their journey with several years of labor. Servitude comes in many forms, of course: in the bad old days of the British navy, it was said that the difference between going to sea and going to jail was that you were less likely to drown in jail.
Origin and Etymology of servitude
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbondage, enslavement, servility, slavery, thrall, thralldom (or thraldom), yoke
Related Wordspeonage, serfdom; dependence (also dependance), subjection, subjugation; captivity, enchainment, imprisonment, incarceration
Near Antonymsemancipation, enfranchisement, liberation, manumission; autonomy, independence, self-government, sovereignty (also sovranty)
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