Definition of bondage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bondage

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbɒndɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːndɪdʒ//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1(old-fashioned or formal) the state of being a slave or prisoner synonym slavery (figurative) women’s liberation from the bondage of domestic life
  2. 2the practice of being tied with ropes, chains, etc. in order to gain sexual pleasure
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Latin bondagium, from Middle English bond ‘serf’ (earlier ‘peasant, householder’), from Old Norse bóndi ‘tiller of the soil’, based on búa ‘dwell’; influenced in sense by bond.
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