(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Position under the power of another
1. subjection; dependence, dependency; subordination; thrall, thraldom, enthralment, subjugation, oppression, bondage, serfdom; feudalism, vassalage, villeinage; slavery, enslavement, servitude; constraint, yoke, restraint; obedience. See success, submission.
2. subject, citizen; serf, slave (see servant); client state.
1. be subject, be at the mercy of; depend, lean, or hang upon; fall a prey to, fall under, not dare to call one's soul one's own; drag a chain; serve (see servant); obey, comply, submit.
2. subject, subjugate, hold down, bring to terms, break in, tame; master; tread down, tread under foot; enthrall, enslave, take captive; take into custody; rule (see authority); drive into a corner, hold at sword's point; keep under; hold in bondage; tie to one's apron strings.
Adjectives — subject, dependent, subordinate; feudal, feudatory, in harness; subjected, enslaved, constrained, downtrodden, under the lash, led by the nose; henpecked; the puppet or plaything of; under orders or command; under one's thumb; a slave to; in the toils; in the power, hands, or clutches of, at the mercy of; over a barrel; at the feet of; at one's beck and call (see obedience).Slang, pussy-whipped.
Quotations — Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be (Charles Sumner). Better to die than to live in slavery (Emmeline Pankhurst), All socialism involves slavery (Herbert Spencer).
Antonyms, see freedom, liberation.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. bondage, subservience, servitude, colonialism, servility, Dependence, subordination; see also slavery 1 .

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