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thrall

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noun \ˈthrȯl\

Definition of thrall

  1. 1a :  a state of servitude or submission in thrall to his emotionsb :  a state of complete absorption mountains could hold me in thrall with a subtle attraction of their own — Elyne Mitchell

  2. 2a :  a servant slave :  bondman; also :  serfb :  a person in moral or mental servitude

thrall

adjective

thralldom

or

thraldom

play \ˈthrȯl-dəm\ noun

Examples of thrall in a Sentence

  1. I'm not your thrall, so you'll have to pick up after yourself.

  2. a people who still bear the scars of having been in thrall for so many years

Origin and Etymology of thrall

Middle English thral, from Old English thræl, from Old Norse thræll


First Known Use: before 12th century


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thrall

verb

Definition of thrall

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  enthrall, enslave

13th Century

First Known Use of thrall

13th century





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