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bondage

bond·age

bondage

 
pronunciation:
ban dj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state of servitude or slavery to another.
Born into bondage, the slaves had never known freedom.She viewed her abusive marriage as a form of bondage.
synonyms:
chains, servitude, slavery, thralldom
antonyms:
liberty
similar words:
captivity, fetters, serfdom
definition 2: the state of being held in control by external forces.
the bondage of tradition
synonyms:
captivity, prison, slavery, subjugation
similar words:
chains, confinement, control, durance, duress, fetters, servitude, shackles
Word Parts
The word bondage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before ľage (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.