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bondage

Noun

1 the state of being under the control of another person [syn: slavery, thrall, thralldom, thraldom]
2 sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by cords or handcuffs) one of the partners

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English

Noun

  1. The state of being enslaved or the practice of slavery.
    In Judeo-Christian tradition, the Israelites fled bondage at the hands of the Egyptians, only to wander in the wilderness for the next four decades.
  2. In the context of "by extension": The state of lacking freedom; constraint.
    He lived in financial bondage to his cocaine habit; no matter how much he earned, it all seemed to disappear up his nose.
  3. The practice of tying people up for sexual pleasure.
    Their marriage broke up when she discovered he had been engaging in bondage games with a local dominatrix while he was supposedly working out at the gym.

Antonyms

Translations

The state of being enslaved or the practice of slavery
The state of lacking freedom; constraint
The practice of tying people up for sexual pleasure

See also

Extensive Definition

Bondage may mean one of the following:
  • Debt bondage, a modern form of slavery in which people are bound by debt, rather than legal ownership.
  • Bondage (BDSM) in BDSM is the practice of tying people up for pleasure.
  • Self bondage in BDSM is the practice of tying oneself up just for fun or for pleasure.
  • The term bondage is also used figuratively in religion, to mean spiritual attachment, such as to the physical world, or an evil compelling force, such as original sin.
  • A bondmaid is a woman servant.
  • A bondman, or bondsman, is a man servant.
  • The term "bondsman" is also used in the sense of bail bondsman, a person who provides bonds or surety for another.
  • Bondage, a 1933 film
  • Bondage, a 1991 play by David Henry Hwang
  • Bondage, also known as The Bondage, a 2006 film by Eric Allen Bell
  • My Bondage and My Freedom, an autobiographical book by Frederick Douglass

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