What does servitude mean?

Definitions for servitudeˈsɜr vɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word servitude.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. servitude(noun)

    state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment

    "penal servitude"


  1. servitude(Noun)

    The state of being a slave; slavery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servitude(noun)

    the state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence

  2. Servitude(noun)

    servants, collectively

  3. Servitude(noun)

    a right whereby one thing is subject to another thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the common right

  4. Origin: [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.]


  1. Servitude

    In BDSM, servitude refers to performing personal tasks for their dominant partner, as part of their submissive role in a BDSM relationship. In domestic servitude roles, the submissive can receive pleasure and satisfaction from performing personal services for their dominant, such as serving as a butler, waitress, chauffeur, maid or houseboy. In workplace BDSM, the submissive can somehow secretly contrive that a work colleague, of the same or opposite gender to the submissive, unwittingly finds themselves with imagined or real work-related disciplinary power and/or status over the submissive. The created dominant may never realise they are bringing secret pleasure and satisfaction to the submissive, in the giving of orders or else in rebuking the submissive for supposed performance failings at the workplace, such as "laziness". The satisfaction of servitude are often combined with the pleasures of fetishes, the pleasures of humiliation, or both. A submissive may rub his or her dominant's feet because the sub enjoys providing the service, has a foot fetish, enjoys being "lower" than the dominant, or any combination. But some bottoms who enjoy servitude prefer to keep their enjoyment and pleasure secret from all others including person they have created as their "dominant". There are those in the BDSM community who frown upon this practice, however, as surreptitiously putting someone in a dominant position violates the principle of consent.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of servitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of servitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cicero:

    Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

  2. Tom Lindsay:

    Right now, student loans are the closest thing we have to indentured servitude in the United States.

  3. Franklin Pierce:

    ...involuntary servitude, as it exists in different states of this confederacy, is recognized by the Constitution.

  4. Georges Bataille:

    The sovereign being is burdened with a servitude that crushes him, and the condition of free men is deliberate servility.

  5. Alexis Charles Henri Clrel de Tocqueville:

    Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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