EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a person who is in bondage; slave. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like: He was the thrall of morbid fantasies. verb (used with object) . Archaic to put or hold in thralldom; enslave. adjective . Archaic subjected to bondage; enslaved. Origin of thrall before 950; Middle English; Old English thrǣl < Old Norse thrǣll slave Related forms un·thralled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thralling Historical Examples of thralling
Miraculously, over-night, the shabby wall had blossomed into
He was no longer unknown; he had emerged, freed himself from the
thralling oblivion of the mass.
In waking and sleeping hours Madeline Hammond could not release herself from the
thralling memory of that tragedy. British Dictionary definitions for thralling 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
thrǣl slave, from Old Norse thrǣll
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Word Origin and History for thralling n.
þræl "bondman, serf, slave," from Old Norse þræll "slave, servant," probably from Proto-Germanic *thrakhilaz, literally "runner," from root *threh- "to run" (cf. Old High German dregil "servant," properly "runner;" Old English þrægan, Gothic þragjan "to run").
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