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Slavery Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • the practice of owning slaves
  • work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
  • the state of being under the control of another person

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • the state of being under the control of another person ,
  • the practice of owning slaves ,
  • work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay

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Slavery Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Slavery is an economic system. In it, some people must work for no pay. It is also a system of ownership. In many countries slaves were owned by citizens of the country. These people were slaves.

There is evidence that even before there was writing, there was slavery. There have been different types of slavery, and they have been in almost all cultures and continents.

The English word "slave" comes from the medieval word for the Slavic peoples of Central Europe and Eastern Europe, because these were the last ethnic group to be captured and enslaved in Central Europe. According to Adam Smith and Auguste Comte, a slave was mainly defined as a captive or prisoner of war. Slave-holders used to buy slaves at slave auctions.

Slaves are not allowed rights.

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'Slavery' example sentence in quotations

* Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery Forbid it, Almighty God I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death - Patrick Henry

* Debt is the slavery of the free. - Publilius Syrus

* Enjoy things which are pleasant that is not the evil it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. - Thomas Carlyle

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Slavery Sample Sentences in News

  • Britain fights slavery with tough new law as part of global battle
    By Katie Nguyen and Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human traffickers may face life imprisonment under a British law passed on Wednesday to crack down on modern-day slavery, one of a raft of measures designed to lead the way in combating the $150 billion a year industry. With an estimated 13,000 victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation an Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'
  • Slavery Remembrance Day: UK Government abetting Modern Slavery with domestic worker inaction
    It is fitting that today on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Lords gather to discuss the Modern Slavery Bill. Unfortunately, instead of celebrating a big success that is the passing of the first comprehensive bill tackling modern slavery, we are here today wondering if the Parliamentarians stand Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'
  • US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets
    The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets, and to punish people who force migrant workers to catch seafood ... Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'

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