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thrall

[ thrawl ]
/ θrɔl /
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noun
a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.
a person held in bondage or slavery.
the condition of being in the power of something or someone; a state of subjugation or rapt absorption: We will receive no help from the media, who are for the most part in thrall to the political establishment.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to put or hold in thralldom; enslave.
adjective
Archaic. subjected to bondage; enslaved.
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Origin of thrall

First recorded before 950; Middle English thral, thral(l)e, threl(l)e, Old English thrǣl “bondman, slave, servant, thrall,” from Old Norse thrǣll “slave, servant”

OTHER WORDS FROM thrall

un·thralled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thrall

thrall
/ (θrɔːl) /

noun
Also called: thraldom, (US) thralldom (ˈθrɔːldəm) the state or condition of being in the power of another person
a person who is in such a state
a person totally subject to some need, desire, appetite, etc
verb
(tr) to enslave or dominate

Word Origin for thrall

Old English thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll
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