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Definitions for servitude
ˈsɜr vɪˌtud, -ˌtyudservi·tude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. servitudenoun

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

    "penal servitude"


  1. servitudenoun

    The state of being a slave; slavery.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Servitudenoun

    Etymology: servitude, French; servitus, Lati.

    Aristotle speaketh of men, whom nature hath framed for the state of servitude, saying, they have reason so far forth as to conceive when others direct them. Richard Hooker.

    You would have sold your king to slaughter,
    His princes and his peers to servitude,
    His subjects to oppression and contempt. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Tho’ it is necessary, that some persons in the world should be in love with a splendid servitude, yet certainly they must be much beholding to their own fancy, that they can be pleased at it; for he that rises up early, and goes to bed late, only to receive addresses, is really as much abridged in his freedom, as he that waits to present one. Robert South, Sermons.

    Unjustly thou deprav’st it with the name
    Of servitude, to serve whom God ordains,
    Or nature: God and nature bid the same,
    When he who rules is worthiest. John Milton.

    After him a cum’brous train
    Of herds, and flocks, and numerous servitude. John Milton.


  1. servitude

    Servitude refers to a state or condition of being under the control or domination of another person, typically involving labor or service performed against one's will or for an extended period of time. It involves the lack of personal freedom, autonomy, and the ability to make choices independently. Servitude can be enforced through various means, including physical force, legal systems, debt, or social norms, and it often leads to the exploitation and oppression of individuals or groups.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servitudenoun

    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. Servitudenoun

    servants, collectively

  3. Servitudenoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

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  1. detrusive

  2. divesture

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  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

Examples of servitude in a Sentence

  1. Cicero:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Georges Bataille:

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

  4. Internal Facebook:

    To counter these challenges... we have also developed technology that can proactively find and take action on content related to domestic servitude, by using it, we have been able to detect and remove over 4,000 pieces of violating organic content in Arabic and English from January 2020 to date.

  5. Heinrich Heine:

    The German is like the slave who, without chains, obeys his masters merest word, his very glance. The condition of servitude is inherent in him, in his very soul and worse than the physical is the spiritual slavery. The Germans must be set free from wit

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