1. The state of being bound; condition of being under restraint; restraint of personal liberty by compulsion; involuntary servitude; slavery; captivity.
The King, when he designed you for my guard,
Resolved he would not make my bondage hard. --Dryden.
2. Obligation; tie of duty.
He must resolve by no means to be . . . brought under the bondage of observing oaths. --South.
3. Old Eng. Law Villenage; tenure of land on condition of doing the meanest services for the owner.
Syn: -- Thralldom; bond service; imprisonment.
n 1: the state of being under the control of another person [syn:
slavery, thrall, thralldom, thraldom]
2: sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by
cords or handcuffs) one of the partners
of Israel in Egypt (Ex. 2:23, 25; 5), which is called the "house
of bondage" (13:3; 20:2). This word is used also with reference
to the captivity in Babylon (Isa. 14:3), and the oppression of
the Persian king (Ezra 9:8, 9).