from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person in a state of slavery; one whose person and liberty are subjected to the authority of a master; a slave; a bondman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person in a state of slavery; one whose person and liberty are subjected to the authority of a master.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who works as a slave under an indenture; a bondsman or bondswoman.


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  • First, the term "bondslave" implies the acknowledgment of a fact.

    The Epistles of St. Peter

  • "bondslave" implies the assumption of an attitude.

    The Epistles of St. Peter

  • Nikolaevna watches him and smiles at him, her bondslave, that smile he knows already, the smile of the proprietor, the slave-owner ....

    The Torrents of Spring

  • His own work and those of his pupils and masters singly occupy his mind; he is the bondslave, the zealot of his school; he dreams of an advance in art like what there is in science; he thinks of past things as radically dead; he thinks a form can be outlived: a strange immersion in his own history; a strange forgetfulness of the history of the race!

    Memories and Portraits

  • But vicious demonstrations are as the strongholds and defenses of idols; and those we have in logic do little else than make the world the bondslave of human thought, and human thought the bondslave of words.

    The New Organon

  • Thy state of law is bondslave to the law; And thou —

    The Life and Death of Richard the Second

  • But a nobler employment among free people, with a chance of asserting your courage and manhood, and a certainty that no man will think you his bondslave because you were born upon his land, or in his house.


  • Nor had things ever needed to be up to time — time, whose bondslave she now was — but had gone as they listed, in a haphazard, chancy kind of way.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • A despotic administration was supported by a parliamentary representation as corrupt as illusory; a church, in which spiritual religion was all but extinct, had sold herself as a bondslave to the governing classes.

    The Grand Old Man

  • Reas the bonder himself, who had many a time flogged him for his disobedience and idleness, and who now watched him riding downward to the ships, did not recognize his former bondslave in the handsome and gaily attired young warrior.

    Olaf the Glorious A Story of the Viking Age


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