- to make a slave of; reduce to slavery: His drug addiction has completely enslaved him.
Origin of enslave
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enchain, shackle; control, dominate.
free, liberate, release.
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Examples from the Web for enslaved
Historically, conquering armies have seized inhabitants of conquered areas and enslaved them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
For 300 years, Europeans and Americans colonized much of Africa and enslaved millions of its people.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
One immediately noticeable difference is that enslaved men tended to be given a greater range of mobility than enslaved women.The Struggles of Benjamin Franklin’s Sister Jane
November 21, 2013
This law insured that any African brought to Virginian shores would be enslaved.
If an enslaved woman gave birth to a slave, her child was also a slave.
It strives to seal forever the fate of those it has enslaved.
In the mind of Nicias, enslaved by the grossest superstition, there was no room for doubt.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
But neither his heart nor his reason had ever again been enslaved by his passions.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Subject in her body, she was enslaved in mind and soul as well.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Men did evil deeds, and justified them to their own enslaved minds.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- (tr) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate
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Word Origin and History for enslaved
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