bondage

[ bon-dij ]
/ ˈbɒn dɪdʒ /

noun

slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom.
the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.
the state or practice of being physically restrained, as by being tied up, chained, or put in handcuffs, for sexual gratification.
Early English Law. personal subjection to the control of a superior; villeinage.

Origin of bondage

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Anglo-Latin word bondagium. See bond2, -age

SYNONYMS FOR bondage

2 thralldom, captivity, confinement, imprisonment.
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bondage
/ (ˈbɒndɪdʒ) /

noun

slavery or serfdom; servitude
Also called: villeinage (in medieval Europe) the condition and status of unfree peasants who provided labour and other services for their lord in return for holdings of land
a sexual practice in which one partner is physically bound
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