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slavery

slav·er·y

slavery

 
 
pronunciation:
sleI v ri [or] sleIv ri
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the ownership of one or more persons by another or others; bondage.
The Civil War brought an end to slavery in the United States.
synonyms:
enslavement
similar words:
bondage, chain
definition 2: the state or condition of being a slave.
Conquered people were often taken into slavery during Roman times.
synonyms:
bondage, chains, servitude, thralldom, vassalage
antonyms:
freedom, liberty
similar words:
control
definition 3: oppressive work.
They endured a life of slavery in the coal mines.
synonyms:
drudgery, grind, moil, toil, travail
definition 4: an addiction to or extreme dependence upon something.
He was in slavery to his immense appetite.
synonyms:
bondage, servitude