or thral·dom

[thrawl-duh m]


the state of being a thrall; bondage; slavery; servitude.

Origin of thralldom

First recorded in 1125–75, thralldom is from the Middle English word thraldom. See thrall, -dom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thraldom

Historical Examples of thraldom

  • 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.


    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.

Word Origin and History for thraldom

c.1200; see thrall + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper