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Look up bondage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

In its most basic sense, the word bondage refers to the state or condition of being bound to an unfree labor system, as in slavery, indentured servitude, or serfdom. More generally, "bondage" may refer to any state of subjection to a force, influence, or power. The word bondage is derived from the Middle English bonde ("serf"), which came from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) word bōnda ("husbandman"), which itself comes from the Old Norse bōndi, the past participle of būa ("to live"). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary is a Wikimedia Foundation project intended to be a free wiki dictionary (hence: Wiktionary) (including thesaurus and lexicon) in every language. ... Unfree labour is a generic or collective term for forms of work, especially in modern or early modern history, in which adults and/or children are employed without wages, or for a minimal wage. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... An Indentured servant is an unfree labourer under contract to work (for a specified amount of time) for another person, often without any pay, but in exchange for accommodation, food, other essentials and/or free passage to a new country. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Middle English is the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread, a process aided by the... Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ... Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his alfalfa field. ... Old Norse is the Germanic language spoken by the inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until about 1300. ...


Specific meanings of bondage and words with the "bond-" prefix include:

  • 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 sexual pleasure.
  • Self bondage in BDSM is the practice of tying oneself up just for fun or for sexual 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 is a male servant.
  • A bondsman is a person who provides bonds or surety for another.

Debt bondage or bonded labor is a means of paying off a familys loans via the labor of family members or heirs. ... A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader In the context of BDSM, bondage involves people being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... Self-bondage is the practice of sexual bondage without a partner. ... Michelangelos painting of the sin of Adam and Eve (the Fall) According to Christian tradition, Original sin is the general and non-personal condition of sinfulness (lack of holiness) into which human beings are born. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A surety is a person who agrees to be responsible for the debt or obligation of another. ...

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