[ sur-vi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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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.
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Origin of servitude

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin servitūdō, equivalent to servi-, combining form of servus “slave” + -tūdō,-tude

synonym study for servitude

1. See slavery.
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How to use servitude in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for servitude

/ (ˈsɜːvɪˌtjuːd) /

the state or condition of a slave; bondage
the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or thingservitude to drink
law a burden attaching to an estate for the benefit of an adjoining estate or of some definite personSee also easement
short for penal servitude

Word Origin for servitude

C15: via Old French from Latin servitūdō, from servus a slave
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