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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bondage  \Bond"age\,  n.  [LL.  bondagium  See  {Bond},  a.] 
  1.  The  state  of  being  bound;  condition  of  being  under 
  restraint;  restraint  of  personal  liberty  by  compulsion; 
  involuntary  servitude;  slavery;  captivity. 
 
  The  King,  when  he  designed  you  for  my  guard, 
  Resolved  he  would  not  make  my  bondage  hard. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Obligation;  tie  of  duty. 
 
  He  must  resolve  by  no  means  to  be  .  .  .  brought 
  under  the  bondage  of  onserving  oaths.  --South. 
 
  3.  (Old  Eng.  Law)  Villenage;  tenure  of  land  on  condition  of 
  doing  the  meanest  services  for  the  owner. 
 
  Syn:  Thralldom;  bond  service;  imprisonment. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bondage 
  n  :  the  state  of  being  under  the  control  of  another  person  [syn: 
  {slavery},  {thrall},  {thralldom},  {thraldom}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bondage 
  of  Israel  in  Egypt  (Ex.  2:23,  25;  5),  which  is  called  the  "house 
  of  bondage"  (13:3;  20:2).  This  word  is  used  also  with  reference 
  to  the  captivity  in  Babylon  (Isa.  14:3),  and  the  oppression  of 
  the  Persian  king  (Ezra  9:8,  9). 
 




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