slavery

noun slav·ery \ ˈslā-v(ə-)rē \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of slavery

1 : drudgery, toil
2 : submission to a dominating influence
3 a : the state of a person who is a chattel of another
b : the practice of slaveholding

Examples of slavery in a Sentence

  1. She was sold into slavery.

  2. a child born into slavery was considered simply another addition to the master's wealth and property

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First Known Use of slavery

1551

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SLAVERY Defined for English Language Learners

slavery

Definition of slavery for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being a slave

  • : the practice of owning slaves


SLAVERY Defined for Kids

slavery

noun slav·ery \ ˈslā-və-rē , ˈslāv-rē \

Definition of slavery for Students

1 : the state of being owned by another person : bondage
2 : the custom or practice of owning slaves
3 : hard tiring labor : drudgery


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