• WordNet 3.6
    • n bondman a male slave
    • n bondman a male bound to serve without wages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bondman A man slave, or one bound to service without wages. "To enfranchise bondmen ."
    • Bondman (Old Eng. Law) A villain, or tenant in villenage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bondman In old English law, a villein, or tenant in villeinage.
    • n bondman A man slave, or a man bound to service without wages. Also improperly written bondsman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bondman a man-slave
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bond,(a.)or(n.)+ man,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of band—A.S. bindan, to bind.


In literature:

It certainly calls the "bondman" his master's "money.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
A bondman differed both from a slave and from a modern farmer.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Who is here so base that would be a bondman?
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
Is it nothing that they have fallen, and yet such a wrong that the fetters of the bondman should fall?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
Zercho the bondman must guide us.
"A Captive of the Roman Eagles" by Felix Dahn
And in the light of truth thy Bondman let me live.
"The Golden Treasury" by Various
And now Michael determined, if possible, to make Everope his bondman.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
His best books are The Shadow of a Crime, The Deemster, The Bondman, The Scapegoat, and The Christian.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Beware Of the symboled Curse in the Bondman there!
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 2" by Robert H. Newell
He took from his purse a gold ring worth from ten to twenty drachmas, and gave it to the bondman.
"The Pharaoh and the Priest" by Alexander Glovatski
I shouldn't like a husband who was a bondman.
"The Last of the Vikings" by John Bowling
Sinson took very good care, in the disquietude of his suspicious temper, that his bondman should not be left in the way of temptation.
"Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)" by William Davy Watson
Instead it involved and assured for every bondman a full emancipation, and for every freeman full title forever to every unalienable right.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
It is true that, both in theory and in practice, it was held that whatever was acquired by the bondman was acquired by the lord.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
At Nuncoton in 1440 "ne that ye aleyne or selle any bondman" was added to the usual prohibition.
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
And all day Glenview walked from one bondman to another.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux
What is it to them that the poor bondman points to his chains?
"Folly as It Flies" by Fanny Fern
Remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and that Jehovah thy God redeemed thee.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)" by Max Duncker
I said, men said it was once free till it was soiled by a bondman.
"The Paston Letters, Volume II (of 6)"

In poetry:

From here went up for years the bondman's cry;
In the same glaring sun and rotting dew,
The white war-prisoners' cry of agony
To the great God of Battles rises too.
"Orson's Farewell" by Nora Pembroke
Ho! children of the brave,
Ho! freemen of the land,
That hurl'd into the grave
Oppression's bloody band;
Come on, come on, and joined be we
To make the fettered bondman free.
"Right On" by Anonymous Americas
Let coward vassals sneak
From freedom's battle still,
Poltroons that dare not speak
But as their priests may will;
Come on, come on, and joined be we
To make the fettered bondman free.
"Right On" by Anonymous Americas
Woe worth the hour when it is crime
To plead the poor dumb bondman's cause,
When all that makes the heart sublime,
The glorious throbs that conquer time,
Are traitors to our cruel laws!
"On The Death Of Charles Turner Torrey" by James Russell Lowell
Do you boast of your freedom? Peace, babblers—be still;
Prate not of the goddess who scarce deigns to hear;
Have ye power to unbind? Are ye wanting in will?
Must the groans of your bondman still torture the ear?
"Jefferson's Daughter" by Anonymous Americas
But over Akbar's brows the frown hung black,
And, turning to the eunuch at his back,
"Take them," he said, "and let the Jumna's waves
Hide both my shame and these accursed slaves!"
His loathly length the unsexed bondman bowed
"On my head be it!"
"Miriam" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Q&A with Bail Bondman and Purchase Resident Ira Judelson.