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slave

slave

 
pronunciation:
sleIv
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who is owned by and forced to work for another with no pay or personal rights.
synonyms:
chattel, helot, serf
antonyms:
freeman, master
definition 2: one who is a captive of some habit or other influence.
a slave to television
synonyms:
addict, fiend
similar words:
captive
definition 3: a person who works hard and without imagination, as in a dull or routine job.
synonyms:
drudge, fag, plodder
similar words:
hack
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: slaved, slaves, slaving
definition: to work like a drudge or slave.
She slaved all day without reward.
synonyms:
drudge, grub, moil
similar words:
labor, plod, sweat, toil, travail
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Word History
The word slave comes from Slav, a word for the people who lived in east-central Europe in the Middle Ages. Great numbers of Slavs were bought and sold as slaves by conquering peoples from the West.