bondage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bondage sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by cords or handcuffs) one of the partners
    • n bondage the state of being under the control of another person
    • n bondage the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power "he was in bondage to fear:","he sought release from his bondage to Satan","a self freed from the bondage of time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bondage Obligation; tie of duty. "He must resolve by no means to be . . . brought under the bondage of observing oaths."
    • Bondage The state of being bound; condition of being under restraint; restraint of personal liberty by compulsion; involuntary servitude; slavery; captivity. "The King, when he designed you for my guard,
      Resolved he would not make my bondage hard."
    • Bondage (Old Eng. Law) Villenage; tenure of land on condition of doing the meanest services for the owner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bondage In old English law, villeinage; tenure of land by performing the meanest services for a superior.
    • n bondage In Scot. agri., the state of, or services due by, a bondager. See bondager.
    • n bondage [From the foregoing extract it will be seen that formerly the system had place not only, as now, between farmer and laborer, but also between proprietor and farmer.]
    • n bondage Obligation; tie of duty; binding power or influence.
    • n bondage Slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom.
    • n bondage Captivity; imprisonment; restraint of a person's liberty by compulsion.
    • n bondage Figuratively, subjection to some power or influence: as, he is in bondage to his appetites. Synonyms Slavery, etc. (see servitude), thraldom, serfdom.
    • bondage To reduce to bondage or slavery; enslave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bondage bond′āj state of being bound: captivity: slavery
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “It is he who has broken the bond of marriage -- not I. I only break its bondage.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “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
    William%20James
    “Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    W.%20Clement%20Stone
    “Bondage is... subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    Rabindranath%20Tagore
    “Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. bondagium,. See Bond (a.)
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.

Usage

In literature:

Men blind and kept in bondage by the demons require to be aided by a special revelation.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
They are out of prison, out of bondage, delivered.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
Others were slaves fleeing from bondage to freedom.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
A heritage of servitude and woes, A blindfold bondage, where your hire is blows.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
Men have forgotten the hill people, but God called you to lead them out of bondage.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
To be in bondage to a syllabus is a misfortune for a teacher, and a misfortune for the school that he teaches.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
Here he must serve God and obey the Law for he is still in bondage.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Many of them had once enjoyed the blessings of freedom, but had been reduced to bondage by the calamities of war.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
We lived in a sort of bondage for a long time.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Henson thereafter directed his attention to those whom he had left in bondage.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various
The Crusades, or Wars of the Cross, had roused Europe from a state of most distressful bondage.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
The servile spirit and conscious sense of bondage may not be felt at once.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
If a Spartan wife throws off her bondage and defies the laws that insult her, I am still more glad.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
That 'we're all free and equal,' how senseless the cry, While millions in bondage are groaning so nigh!
"The Liberty Minstrel" by George W. Clark
To do so would be to get us into bondage.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
No usage or custom was a bondage for him, and so was he able to rid me of my shrinking diffidence.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
He was pensive and reserved, and, for a time, resented his bondage.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
And if we find that any material thing so mesmerizes us that we are held in fatal bondage, we are to sacrifice it.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
How have I abhorred bondage all my life!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The savage, liberated from bondage, is a savage still.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
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In poetry:

He did thy enmity subdue,
Thy bondage sad recal,
Made thee to choose, and close pursue
Thy Husband as thy all.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
And oh, how many spirits lie
In such sad bondage through
Having too often passed it by
Whilst gazing after you!
""Although no stupid scoffer, I"" by Alfred Austin
Happy beyond expression he
Who debts are thus discharged;
And from the guilty bondage free,
He feels his soul enlarged.
"Psalm XXXII: Happy the Man" by Isaac Watts
Who swear by bondage, and would see
Rather their country lost than free,
Who dread the name of Liberty?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
Happy beyond expression he
Whose debts are thus discharged;
And from the guilty bondage free,
He feels his soul enlarged.
"Psalm 32" by Isaac Watts
God knoweth : we could only see
The tranquil strength he gained;
The bondage lost in liberty,
The fear in love unfeigned.
"William Forster" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

God's love can free us from bondage .
Man gets 6 years in bondage sex, burned body case.
Sarah Burton shows bondage -inspired looks in Alexander McQueen spring collection.
Bondage restraints on Ohio bear owner.
Gays in Bondage , Need Discipline.
Mel's Bondage Model gal Pal Partying In Greece.
Pot Brownies, Homicide, and Bondage .
Spy death inquiry looks at bondage link.
A body was found Tuesday at the scene of a fire at Passive Arts Studios, a bondage club in unincorporated Lennox Tuesday.
Of lesbian bondage , and Michael Steele.
The Republican National Committee say it's getting back nearly $2,000 that it reimbursed to a member for a night out at a bondage -themed night club in West Hollywood.
RNC Says Member Will Return $2,000 Reimbursed for Visit to Bondage Club.
GOP Committee Investigating $2K Trip to Topless Bondage -Themed Club.
RNC apparently has a fetish for spending oodles of cash and frequenting bondage clubs.
Japanese Bondage Is In for Spring at Preen.
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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
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