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bondage

(in medieval Europe) the condition and status of unfree peasants who provided labour and other services for their lord in return for holdings of land
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Perchance he has destined us to deliver the children from the more cruel bondage of ignorance and idolatry.
Insidiously, and by remote ways, as well as by the power of stick and stone and clout of hand, were the shackles of White Fang's bondage being riveted upon him.
I glanced at the first page; it seemed full of extravagant protestations of affection; impetuous longings for a speedy reunion - and impious defiance of God's mandates, and railings against His providence for having cast their lot asunder, and doomed them both to the hateful bondage of alliance with those they could not love.
She has held all the Munchkins in bondage for many years, making them slave for her night and day.
The passion that held Strickland in bondage was no less tyrannical than love.
So she must guess blindly; and for the first time the girl came to realize how dangerous was her task, and how likely she was to lose her own freedom in striving to free others from the bondage of the Nome King.
I recollect seeing, years ago, at the prisons for idiots and madmen at Bicetre, near Paris, a poor wretch bent down under the bondage of his imprisonment and his personal infirmity, to whom one of our party gave a halfpenny worth of snuff in a cornet or "screw" of paper.
Her life, begun not unprosperously, had come down to this--to a mean prison and a long, ignoble bondage.
He has been in rigid bondage so long that the large liberty of the university life is just what he needs and likes and thoroughly appreciates; and as it cannot last forever, he makes the most of it while it does last, and so lays up a good rest against the day that must see him put on the chains once more and enter the slavery of official or professional life.
ISLAMABAD -- Defense Wing of Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad organized a 'Friendship Golf Tournament-2017' earlier this week at Islamabad Golf Club to promote friendship and generate bondage amongst the diplomats of Islamabad.
Islamabad -- It's time to correct the distorted history including the bondage between Dina Jinnah, the only daughter of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with her great father.
Bondage gear was among the many costume changes the girls raced through in a set at the AECC.