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thralldom

or thraldom

[thrawl-duh m] /ˈθrɔl dəm/
noun
1.
the state of being a thrall; bondage; slavery; servitude.
Origin of thralldom
1125-1175
First recorded in 1125-75, thralldom is from the Middle English word thraldom. See thrall, -dom
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Historical Examples
  • Or the thraldom of the people in "the days of auld langsyne?"

  • It presented to her too just an image of the thraldom, which was the subject of all her complaints.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Accordingly his delivery from that thraldom was matter for rejoicing.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • I shall not if by replying I can assist my stepfather to escape from that man's thraldom.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • We knew not then the measure of this our freedom, for we had known no thraldom of flesh nor spirit.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • But the gold of France had freed the king from his thraldom.

  • This leaves a loophole for you to escape from the thraldom of dogmatism.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • Heavy-wet and gin: alas, these are not the only kinds of thraldom.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • He was to obtain full emancipation from the thraldom of Rome in Rome itself.

    Count Ulrich of Lindburg W.H.G. Kingston
  • Can I forget that it was here I first emancipated myself from thraldom?

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
Word Origin and History for thraldom
n.

c.1200; see thrall + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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