- slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
- compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.
- Law. a right possessed by one person to use another's property.
Origin of servitude
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Examples from the Web for servitude
Trapped in the cycle of permanent emergency and perpetual action, he wrote, “servitude has no rest, agitation no pleasure.”Hunter S. Thompson Was Right About America: It’s Still Freaks vs. Fear
February 8, 2014
But the rush to replace words with images may be preparing us for servitude.The Dark Side of Wordless Internet Slang
January 18, 2014
“I tried to kill myself twice,” says Atia, now 14 and still living in servitude.In South Sudan, Girls Are Given Away to Settle Family Feuds
April 6, 2012
Through what medium can the idea of servitude enter their minds?The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
And so may the temple fall with its deity of falsehood and servitude!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But it by no means follows that the domination of servitude must, or even can, be perpetual.
What wonder that we can live like masters, notwithstanding that servitude is not known in Freeland!
God help the Danes, if they have fallen into servitude among these blackguards!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin and History for servitude
early 15c., "condition of being enslaved," from Old French servitude, servitute (13c.) and directly from Late Latin servitudo "slavery," from Latin servus "a slave" (see serve (v.)) + abstract noun suffix.