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Definition to be under another's control — especially subject to forced labor
  • 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
    Time, 1995  -- (retrieved 02/18/10)
  • 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.
    Time, 2004  --,9171,678686,00.html (retrieved 02/18/10)
  • living in political servitude to their powerful neighbor
  • indentured servitude
  • sentenced to fifteen years of penal servitude
  • 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
  • '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 understood only that my father enjoyed my practicing the motions, that it was an exercise of my servitude to him, the posture he desired.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Without Astaroth, humans would not have to languish in fear and servitude while demons transformed the world into their own hellish fiefdoms.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • One more evening of servitude.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • And the sentence was 'Five years' Penal Servitude.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • 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
  • Midmorning of my second day of servitude, Olive joined us in the kitchen.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • 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
  • His days of servitude to the whims of his flesh were behind him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • 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
  • Slaves are people debased by servitude below the equal level of free people; the Constitution regards the slave as divested of 2/5 of the man.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Our servitude to particulars betrays us into a hundred foolish expectations.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The forge, seven years of servitude.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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