bondage

Bondage is the state of being bound, like a slave. If you're in handcuffs, you're in bondage.

The word bondage has meant "condition of a serf or slave" since the 1300s, the same time the word bond came along to mean "anything that binds." Bondage originated around the time Dante was writing "The Inferno," in which Satan flaps his wings to try and break free of bondage, as he's stuck in ice up to his chest. Most people would like to be free of any kind of bondage, which is why the X-Ray Spex (a punk band from the '70s) yell, "Oh bondage, up yours!"

Definitions of bondage
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n the state of being under the control of another person

Synonyms:
slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom
Types:
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bonded labor
a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
servitude
state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment
serfdom, serfhood, vassalage
the state of a serf
villainage, villeinage
the legal status or condition of servitude of a villein or feudal serf
Type of:
subjection, subjugation
forced submission to control by others

n sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by cords or handcuffs) one of the partners

Type of:
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse

n the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power

“he was in bondage to fear:”
“he sought release from his bondage to Satan”
“a self freed from the bondage of time”
Type of:
subjection, subjugation
forced submission to control by others

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