The phrase indentured servitude refers to a type of historical contract that made one person the property of another until enough work was done to pay off a debt. Such contracts were common in the American Colonies in the 1600s.
living in political servitude to their powerful neighbor
an almost medieval system of servitude that each year turns thousands of young women from underdeveloped Asian countries into virtual slaves for prosperous Arab families
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In the mid-1990s, amid a greater societal push for individual freedom, China reformed a punishing training system that had forced millions of children into athletic servitude just like the Soviet machine, which was its model.
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sentenced to fifteen years of penal servitude
But because they can pass for human, they live in servitude to their hollow brethren, acting as scouts and spies and procurers of flesh.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
One more evening of servitude.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
It was going to be a very long servitude.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
He wished for the months to fly by, for her to be appointed Champion, and then, once her years of servitude were over, to be gone.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
Midmorning of my second day of servitude, Olive joined us in the kitchen.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
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"It’s a new servitude," I said.
Gary D. Schmidt -- Okay for Now
And the sentence was ’Five years’ Penal Servitude.
Edith Nesbit -- The Railway Children
Landor got penal servitude for life and died in Dartmoor a year later.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
As soon as they have reached their objective, the Middle thrust the Low back into their old position of servitude, and themselves become the High.
George Orwell -- 1984
Both were saved: the cobra from a life of servitude and bad music, and the man from a possible death bite.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
This was a sure sign to God of his humility and servitude, and it was only fair to expect our reward.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
The forge, seven years of servitude.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
She was so uncomfortable most of the time that we avoided being near her for fear we’d be thrown into servitude.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
NW: I didn’t want her turned, against both her will and nature, into one of those diligent, sad women who are bent on a lifelong course of quiet servitude, forever in fear of showing, saying, or doing the wrong thing.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
THE TRAVELLER ON HIS ARRIVAL TAKES PRECAUTIONS FOR DEPARTURE185 "To penal servitude?"
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
As he passed along, the trees and bushes, the huts of his servitude, the whole scene of his degradation, seemed to whirl by him as the landscape by the rushing ear.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Son of Kronion Zeus or not, how many days I sweated out, being bound in servitude to a man far worse than I, a rough master!
Homer -- The Odyssey
Society is too well protected by prisons, banishment, criminal investigators, penal servitude.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
’Firenze has entered into servitude to humans,’ said a grey centaur with a hard, deeply lined face.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I traded a lifetime of servitude for a box of conversation hearts.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
A new servitude!
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
His days of servitude to the whims of his flesh were behind him.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
All that passion meant to her was servitude to inexplicable male madness, unshared by females, a painful and embarrassing process that led inevitably to the still more painful process of childbirth.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
The less you felt, the louder you proclaimed your selfless love and servitude to others, in dread of ever letting them discover your own self, the self that you betrayed, the self that you kept in concealment, like a skeleton in the closet of your body.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Not until it has passed through a long servitude, through its own self-hatred, through mockery, through great doubts, can it take its place among the loyalties.
Thornton Wilder -- The Bridge of San Luis Rey
He was free of the bonds of servitude and crime, free of the companionship of base and brutal outlaws; he was warm; he was sheltered; in a word, he was happy.
Mark Twain -- The Prince and The Pauper
Thus stood before these radiant bourgeois this half-century of servitude.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
But, leaving these just reflections, I return to the object that occasioned them; for my man, to conclude the last ceremony of obedience, laid down his head again on the ground, close to my foot, and set my other foot upon is head, as he had done before, making all the signs of subjection, servitude, and submission imaginable, and let me understand he would serve me as long as his life endured.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
Nor could Thorn or Shruikan, for they were both slaves to Galbatorix, and their forced servitude had twisted their minds.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
And we constantly find individuals, or even whole nations, that claim this ’natural right’ when they rebel against anarchy, servitude, and oppression.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
This servitude makes you to keep unwed.
William Shakespeare -- The Comedy of Errors
The intellectual process was forcing Quality into its servitude, prostituting it.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Emperor of Constantinople,(*) to oppose his neighbours, sent ten thousand Turks into Greece, who, on the war being finished, were not willing to quit; this was the beginning of the servitude of Greece to the infidels.
Nicolo Machiavelli -- The Prince
Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
And those that were deepest and longest in evil servitude, hating the West, and yet were men proud and bold, in their turn now gathered themselves for a last stand of desperate battle.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Return of the King
These people have not given me to eat and to drink, have not visited me in prison and nakedness, and here they have sent me to penal servitude.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
And with the back of his hand he struck Cedric’s cap from the head of the Jester, and throwing open his collar, discovered the fatal badge of servitude, the silver collar round his neck.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
This is servitude, To serve the unwise, or him who hath rebelled Against his worthier, as thine now serve thee, Thyself not free, but to thyself enthralled; Yet lewdly darest our ministring upbraid.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
This is it, Adam, that grieves me; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude; I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
William Shakespeare -- As You Like It
In truth, he always behaved as if he were the eternal husband of Fermina Daza, an unfaithful husband but a tenacious one, who fought endlessly to free himself from his servitude without causing her the displeasure of a betrayal.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
Today, however, it renewed the sense of servitude which the previous night’s review of her cheque-book had produced.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
If Jean Toomer wrote "The iron is hot," the question was how accurately or poorly he expressed chains of servitude.
Toni Morrison -- Sula
Between them the two families got a great portion of her private savings out of her, and finally she fled to London followed by the anathemas of both, and determined to seek for servitude again as infinitely less onerous than liberty.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
This lady Caroline Turner, who never had blacks around her and who had been nurtured in sentiments opposed to the institution of human servitude, quickly became notorious for her abominable cruelties performed in her fits of passion.
Robert Penn Warren -- All the King’s Men
Free from families, my mother would live for two years without servitude.