thrall

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thrall someone held in bondage
    • n thrall the state of being under the control of another person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrall A shelf; a stand for barrels, etc.
    • Thrall A slave; a bondman. "Gurth, the born thrall of Cedric."
    • a Thrall Of or pertaining to a thrall; in the condition of a thrall; bond; enslaved. "The fiend that would make you thrall and bond."
    • Thrall Slavery; bondage; servitude; thraldom. "He still in thrall Of all-subdoing sleep."
    • v. t Thrall To enslave.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrall A slave; a serf; a bondman; a captive.
    • n thrall One who is a slave to some desire, appetite, spell, or other influence; one who is in moral bondage.
    • n thrall Thraldom, literal or figurative; bondage; slavery; subjection.
    • n thrall A shelf or stand; a stand for barrels.
    • thrall Enslaved; bond; subjugated.
    • thrall Figuratively, subject; enthralled.
    • thrall To deprive of liberty; enslave.
    • thrall Figuratively, to put in subjection to some power or influence; enthrall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thrall thrawl a slave, serf: slavery, servitude: a shelf for barrels
    • adj Thrall (arch.) subject
    • v.t Thrall to enslave
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thral, þral, Icel. þræll, perhaps through AS. þrǣl,; akin to Sw. träl, Dan. træl, and probably to AS. þrægian, to run, Goth. þragjan, Gr. tre`chein; cf. OHG. dregil, drigil, a servant

Usage

In literature:

To hold one in thrall it was necessary to practice the most consummate diplomacy.
"The Cheerful Smugglers" by Ellis Parker Butler
Do what you list, I will your thrall be found, Though ye to me ne do no daliance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
A house-thrall, the one man they failed to slay.
"Oedipus King of Thebes" by Sophocles
Coming up from the thrall of the thing, I found my hat in hand.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Or is it mine own past Come back to life to lure me to its thrall?
"A Lover's Litanies" by Eric Mackay
The lassitude which had held the house party in thrall was dispelled.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
On his way to the giant's dwelling he passed by a field where nine ugly thralls were busy making hay.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
Some hope rises to break the thrall of life.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Behold, those priests, thy thralls, are savage men, Unrighteous, ruthless!
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
For perished men, dead thralls of Mars, a little peace ye pray, 110 But to your living folk indeed fain would I grant the grace.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
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In poetry:

Gladly, gladly, would I free thee
From Earth's thrall!
With what bliss and joy to see thee
Rise o'er all!
"My Heart" by Effie Afton
Happy the company that's gone
From cross to crown, from thrall to throne;
How loud they sing upon the shore,
To which they sail'd in heart before!
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
"Come one, come all!"
The thrilling bugles call,
"Some may triumph, many fall,
But all are in my thrall;
Come one, come each, come all,
When you hear the bugle call!"
"The Bugle-Call" by Cicely Fox Smith
There watched I for the Dead; but no ghost woke.
Each one whom Life exiled I named and called.
But they were all too far, or dumbed, or thralled,
And never one fared back to me or spoke.
"The Unreturning" by Wilfred Owen
What though behind me all is mist and shade,
Yet warmth of afterglow bathes all.
Hallowed spirits move and call
Each to me, a willing thrall,
With kindly speech of mountain, plain or glade.
"What Though My Voice Cease Like A Moan O’ The Wind? " by Thomas Runciman
“Oh! for the humble, dear home of my youth,
Its loving warm hearts, its unsullied truth,
Its freedom from fashion’s thrall.
And the blameless hopes—the bliss that was mine
Ere awoke in my heart a wish to shine
As Lady of Rathmore Hall!”
"The Lady Of Rathmore Hall" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

They're people, just like us, yet Hollywood's stars hold an incredible thrall over American pop culture and the viewing public.
Thrall (former Warchief of The Horde, a fictional orc shaman in the Warcraft gaming universe).
In Thrall to Sheldon Adelson.
Although she spent much of her time in the thrall of delusions, Margaret Mary Ray wrote her last missive to her mother in what seemed to be a moment of clarity.
Tommy Thrall Day Job: Media Relations Coordinator/Radio Broadcaster for the Blue Wahoos Pensacola Resident Since: January 2012.
Nathan Thrall , a former member of The New York Review 's editorial staff, is a contributing editor to Tablet.
The thrall of the wild, in Central Park.
Trial of Woman Who Admits Killing Her Infants Holds France in Thrall .
Maybe it's the contradictions of Gettysburg that continue to keep people in thrall.
On Wednesday, IBM's XIV joined the growing list of IT product lines that are getting caught up in its thrall.
Matt Thrall, Avery Brewing Company.
That's exactly what Avery Brewing Company's Matt Thrall did when his home brewing hobby became a career path that landed him in Boulder.
Yet few cities are in thrall to a single person the way Buenos Aires is to María Eva Duarte de Perón.
Had things turned out differently, Paris, rather than London, would right now be in the thrall of hosting the Olympics.
The issue is that the two main parties are still in thrall to big finance.
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In science:

Thrall, On symmetrized Kronecker powers and the structure of the free Lie ring, Trans.
Defining Relations of Minimal Degree of the Trace Algebra of $3 \times 3$ Matrices
The mass function of the latter may be computed by using the hook formula of Frame, Robinson and Thrall to enumerate Young tableaux with and without a given cell on the diagonal.
Random Subnetworks of Random Sorting Networks
Thrall, The double description method, Contributions to the Theory of Games, Vol.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
For q = 1 this formula reduces to the Frame-Robinson-Thrall hook formula for the number of standard Young tableaux of a given shape.
Descent Functions and Random Young Tableaux
Thrall, The double description method, Contributions to the Theory of Games, Vol.
Complementary vertices and adjacency testing in polytopes
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