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  1. made a slave; held in slavery or bondage:

    Enslaved people were seen not as people at all but as commodities to be bought, sold, and exploited.

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  • un·en·slaved adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of enslaved1

First recorded in 1660–70; enslave ( def ) + -ed 2( def )

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Example Sentences

The discovery is another piece in the saga of the early Catholic plantations in Maryland, their link to Georgetown and the culminating sale by the Jesuits of more than 200 enslaved people in 1838 to save the college.

An additional 300,000, or nearly 40 percent of the total number of inhabitants, were enslaved people.

Formerly known as “Penn School,” this was one of the country’s first schools for formerly enslaved individuals.

In another, an enslaved man is dutifully following his master off to war.

To say that asking people to stay home to limit the spread of a deadly disease is an act functionally equivalent to enslaving people is simply bonkers.

Historically, conquering armies have seized inhabitants of conquered areas and enslaved them.

I know how long it takes to recover from being enslaved, because I was trafficked myself.

For 300 years, Europeans and Americans colonized much of Africa and enslaved millions of its people.

One immediately noticeable difference is that enslaved men tended to be given a greater range of mobility than enslaved women.

After all, his prophetic 1932 novel Brave New World had long before predicted a society enslaved by the drug soma.

THE spirit of darkness holds mankind enslaved, but one human being escapes him.

She revolted against the tyranny that held her shut in, enslaved, body and soul, in that wonderful Greek world of hers.

As long as the sun endures, or the stars, may it wave over a nation neither enslaved nor enslaving.

The Pisans, who were by this time completely enslaved by Uguccione, seized the opportunity to rise.

But the more men are enslaved by worldly success, the more certainly are they cut off from domestic pleasures.