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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Slav·er·y n.; pl. Slaveries
 1. The condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another.
    Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, slavery, said I, still thou art a bitter draught!   --Sterne.
    I wish, from my soul, that the legislature of this state [Virginia] could see the policy of a gradual abolition of slavery. It might prevent much future mischief.   --Washington.
 2. A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will.
    The vulgar slaveries rich men submit to.   --C. Lever.
    There is a slavery that no legislation can abolish, -- the slavery of caste.   --G. W. Cable.
 3. The holding of slaves.
 Syn: -- Bondage; servitude; inthrallment; enslavement; captivity; bond service; vassalage.