the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power
"he was in bondage to fear:; "he sought release from his bondage to Satan"; "a self freed from the bondage of time"
bondage, slavery, thrall, thralldom, thraldom(noun)
the state of being under the control of another person
sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by cords or handcuffs) one of the partners
The state of being enslaved or the practice of slavery.
In Judeo-Christian tradition, the Israelites fled bondage at the hands of the Egyptians, only to wander in the wilderness for the next four decades.
The state of lacking freedom; constraint.
He lived in financial bondage to his cocaine habit; no matter how much he earned, it all seemed to disappear up his nose.
The practice of tying people up for sexual pleasure.
Their marriage broke up when she discovered he had been engaging in bondage games with a local dominatrix while he was supposedly working out at the gym.
Origin: From bondage, from (Anglo-Latin) bondagium, from bond, from bonda, of origin, from bóndi, bóandi, from bóa, búa, from būanan, from bhōw-. Cognate with and bóndi, bo, bauen, boer, bower. See also neighbour, booth, build.
the state of being bound; condition of being under restraint; restraint of personal liberty by compulsion; involuntary servitude; slavery; captivity
obligation; tie of duty
villenage; tenure of land on condition of doing the meanest services for the owner
Bondage is the tying, binding, or restraining of a person for the sexual, aesthetic, and/or psychological pleasure of the parties involved. Rope, cuffs, bondage tape, self-adhesive bandages, or other restraints may be used for this purpose. Bondage itself does not contain sadomasochism. Bondage may be used as an end into itself, as in the case of rope bondage and breast bondage. It may also be used as a part of sex or in conjunction with other BDSM activities. The letter "B" in the acronym "BDSM" comes from the word "bondage". Sexuality and erotica are an important aspect in bondage, but are often not the end in itself. Aesthetics also plays an important role in bondage. The most common reason for the active partner to tie up his/her partner is pleasure from the restrained partner's submission and the feeling of the temporary transfer of control and power. For sadomasochistic people, bondage is often used as a means to an end, where the restrained partner is more accessible to other sadomasochistic behaviour. However, bondage can also be used for its own sake. The active partner can derive visual pleasure from seeing his/her partner tied up, and the restrained partner can derive tactile pleasure from the feeling of helplessness and immobility.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bond′āj, n. state of being bound: captivity: slavery.—n. Bond′ager, a female outworker in the Border and North country, whom the hind or married cottar was bound to provide for the farm-work. [O. Fr.; Low L. bondagium, a kind of tenure. Acc. to Skeat, this is from A.S. bonda, a boor, a householder, from Ice. bóndi = búandi, a tiller, a husbandman, búa, to till, cog. with A.S. búan.]
The numerical value of Bondage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Bondage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.
Faith without love is to be in people’s bondage. Love without faith, is to be in your own bondage.
My father didn't even dream of this life. We only knew bondage. Now we don't even have to take a loan.
Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our lives.
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- робство, ограничениеBulgarian
- Bondage, Sklaverei, PflichtGerman
- orjuus, sitominen, sitomisleikitFinnish
- esclavage, bondage, servitudeFrench
- बन्दगी, ग़ुलामीHindi
- ბონდაჟი, მონობაGeorgian
- зависимость, рабство, бондаж, неволяRussian
- esirlik, kölelik, esaret, görevTurkish
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