from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being a thrall; bondage, literal or figurative; servitude.

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

  • noun The condition of a thrall; slavery; bondage; state of servitude.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of thralldom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being under the control of another person


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  • See what changes the nations of the earth are subject to, how they are emptied and increased again; and let not nations that prosper be secure, nor those that for the present are in thraldom despair.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi) 1721

  • For benefits oblige, and obligation is thraldom, and unrequitable obligation perpetual thraldom, which is to one’s equal, hateful.

    Chapter XI. Of the Difference of Manners 1909

  • Indeed, I think the duty he owes to his posterity, imperatively calls on him to break the thraldom which is keeping him and his race low and stationary in the scale of being.

    Jamie Parker, the Fugitive Emily Catharine Pierson 1851

  • You'll be irritated not enraged, and will find its thraldom easy to resist.

    The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey – review 2011

  • Any people can be delivered from thraldom but they need, as Tasman rightly points out, the undergirdimg world-view, which is NOT 'generalised Westernism' as if that could power anything but our current cynicism and self destructive hedonism.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2009

  • Phil, I take your point, but Switzerland, for one, seems to be managing very nicely without being fettered by EU thraldom.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2009

  • I should do with this languishing dulcinea, should I deliver her from thraldom?

    Camilla 2008

  • Hear then how I will requite this vile monster and rescue you from thraldom.

    The Cyclops 2008

  • Those of the Sucken, or enthralled ground, were liable in penalties, if, deviating from this thirlage, (or thraldom,) they carried their grain to another mill.

    The Monastery 2008

  • Even her husband, it is said, upon whose fortunes her talents and address had produced such emphatic influence, regarded her with respectful awe rather than confiding attachment; and report said, there were times when he considered his grandeur as dearly purchased at the expense of domestic thraldom.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008


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