serfdom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n serfdom the state of a serf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Serfdom The state or condition of a serf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serfdom The state or condition of a serf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Serfdom condition of a serf
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. servus, a slave.

Usage

In literature:

They came here to escape serfdom and starvation and forced military service in an army where they could never be officers.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
He was the real abolisher of serfdom in Russia, as history will yet prove.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
She is perfectly aware of her serfdom.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
Serfdom, to a limited extent, exists in the Caucasus, more particularly in the western part.
"Life of Schamyl" by John Milton Mackie
It is born of slavery and serfdom imposed by force, and only wears a more modern garb.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
LECTURES ON SLAVERY AND SERFDOM IN EUROPE.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Like Peter the Great, she even in some ways intensified serfdom.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
Faith means negligence, serfdom, insincerity and deception.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Faith means negligence, serfdom, insincerity and deception.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
You encounter feudalism and serfdom.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
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In poetry:

Yea, Nineveh and Babylon the great
Are fallen — like ripe ears at harvest-tide;
I set my heel upon their pomp and state,
The people's serfdom and the monarch's pride.
"The Burden of Time" by Frederick George Scott
I would not doom to serfdom or to toil
One race, one caste, one class, or any man:
Give every honest man an honest chance;
Protect alike the rich man and the poor;
Let not the toiler live upon a crust
While Croesus' bread is buttered on both sides.
"Men" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Hayek published an extraordinarily influential book, The Road to Serfdom.
The Moral Case Against Serfdom .
Are child tax deductions a step down the slippery slope to serfdom .
Every day, more see that the road to serfdom in America does not involve a knock in the night or a jack-booted thug.
More than one road to serfdom .
Or perhaps Friedrich Hayek's Road to Serfdom, or even Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative.
A Mismatch In order to feed the growing welfare state, Danish citizens are heading down the road to serfdom.
Americans took another step toward serfdom Tuesday — albeit a more tentative one than in 2008 — by narrowly re-electing President Barack Obama.
Belarus taking the express road to serfdom.
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