• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bondager A field worker, esp. a woman who works in the field.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bondager In Scotland and the north of England, one who rents a cottage on a farm and is bound, as a condition of his tenancy, to work for the farmer at certain seasons, such as turnip-hoeing or harvest-time, or to supply a worker from his own family, at current wages. See bondage, n., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bondager a female outworker in the Border and North country, whom the hind or married cottar was bound to provide for the farm-work
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is he who has broken the bond of marriage -- not I. I only break its bondage.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.”
  • Gita Bellin
    Gita Bellin
    “There are always risks in freedom. The only risk in bondage is breaking free.”
  • William James
    “Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “Bondage is... subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.; Low L. bondagium, a kind of tenure. Acc. to Skeat, this is from A.S. bonda, a boor, a householder, from Ice. bóndi = búandi, a tiller, a husbandman, búa, to till, cog. with A.S. búan.


In literature:

The higher bliss consists in being entirely free from the bondage of deeds and Karma.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Peter calls this change from bondage to liberty a new birth.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
What a miserable bondage it is to be at the nod of such a master as Sin!
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte
For thousands, on the contrary, bondage proved to be a real avenue to freedom and prosperity.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Sometimes a father pressed by need sold children and wife into bondage.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Because it brings in Kingly Bondage again, and is the occasion of all quarrels and oppressions.
"The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth" by Lewis H. Berens
Knowledge of truth gives freedom; ignorance of truth is bondage.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
I tell you, Halbert, you can't enjoy more'n you use; don't get grand idees that'll put your wife into bondage.
"The Harvest of Years" by Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
Years of bondage before she could lay hands upon the hard-earned fruits of freedom!
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
If Hartwick would not be long tied down to a settled pastorate, he was even more fearful of matrimonial bondage, and shunned women as a plague.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall

In poetry:

With heart of rebel I
Man's government defy;
With hate of bondage born
Monarch and mob I scorn:
My King the Lord on high.
"God's Vagabond" by Robert W Service
Too faint is language to describe,
The Panther's grateful glee,
Contemplating her little tribe,
From deadly bondage free.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
Our gentle Charles has pass'd away
From earth's short bondage free,
And left to us its leaden day
And mist-enshrouded sea.
"Verses To The Memory Of A Child" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Sorrow binds the captive suff'rer,
In her bondage all must share;
Iron fetters of her forging,
'Tis the lot of man to bear.
"An Effusion" by Elizabeth Bath
The full-pressed wine of life my lips
Have never tasted, yet is known,
My heart, though held in bondage, leaps
To claim its own.
"Prairie Winds" by Helena Coleman
But in the heart of it
Every least part of it
Blooms with the charm,
Star-shape and frondage
Broken from bondage
Forged into form.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Fed issuing into bondage .
Marine's wife killed in bondage plot.
New York's bondage scene: More than mommy porn fodder.
50 shades of Wikipedia UK head banned after bondage porn ties.
Schools sued in teacher bondage case.
The Yoke of Bondage .
Hardware stores in New York are seeing a rise in the sale of rope, presumably to be used as bondage material in the bedroom.
The success of Fifty Shades Of Grey has inspired women to seek out the same type of bondage material featured in the book.
Teacher in bondage photo case paid to resign.
The Path to Bondage .
An employee who was fired from a bondage club near Los Angeles International Airport was arrested Tuesday night in connection to a fatal fire at the club.
If dogs wrote their own history, when would they say the epoch of dog- bondage ended.
Anne Hathaway Wears Bondage-Inspired Boots to NYC Premiere of 'Les Mis'.
If dogs wrote their own history, when would they say the epoch of dog-bondage ended.
The 'Les Mis' star wears bondage boots to NYC premiere.

In science:

Two of them are ancient taboos, one is an ancient and no longer felt as such bondage, and the fourth is a surprising omission in Algebra.
Four Departures in Mathematics and Physics
In Mathematics, the ancient bondage is the tacit acceptance of the Archimedean Axiom in Euclidean Geometry.
Four Departures in Mathematics and Physics