Definitions for slave
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word slave.
a person who is owned by someone
slave, striver, hard workernoun
someone who works as hard as a slave
someone entirely dominated by some influence or person
"a slave to fashion"; "a slave to cocaine"; "his mother was his abject slave"
slave, break one's back, buckle down, knuckle downverb
work very hard, like a slave
A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition.
A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; an indentured servant.
A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis.
A device that is controlled by another device.
An information worker who has signed a non-compete clause in return for employment.
To work hard.
I was slaving all day over a hot stove.
Etymology: From <- sclave <- sclavus <- σκλάβος.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
One mancipated to a master; not a freeman; a dependant.
Etymology: esclave, French. It is said to have its original from the Slavi, or Sclavonians, subdued and sold by the Venetians.
The banish’d Kent, who in disguise
Follow’d his enemy king, and did him service
Improper for a slave. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Thou elvish markt, abortive, rooting hog!
Thou that wast seal’d in thy nativity
The slave of nature, and the son of hell. William Shakespeare, R. III.
Of guests he makes them slaves
Inhospitably. John Milton.
Slaves to our passions we become, and then
It grows impossible to govern men. Edmund Waller.
The condition of servants was different from what it is now, they being generally slaves, and such as were bought and sold for money. South.
Perspective a painter must not want; yet without subjecting ourselves so wholly to it, as to become slaves of it. Dryden.
To-morrow, should we thus express our friendship,
Each might receive a slave into his arms:
This sun perhaps, this morning sun’s the last,
That e’er shall rise on Roman liberty. Joseph Addison, Cato.
To drudge; to moil; to toil.
Etymology: from the noun
Had women been the makers of our laws,
The men should slave at cards from morn to night. Jonathan Swift.
Slavery and enslavement are both the state and the condition of being a slave, who is someone forbidden to quit serving an enslaver, and is treated by the enslaver as property. Slavery typically involves slaves being made to perform some form of work while also having their location or residence dictated by the enslaver. Many historical cases of enslavement occurred as a result of breaking the law, becoming indebted, or suffering a military defeat; other forms of slavery were instituted along demographic lines such as race. Slaves may be kept in bondage for life or for a fixed period of time, after which they would be granted freedom. Although slavery is usually involuntary and involves coercion, there are also cases where people voluntarily enter into slavery to pay a debt or earn money due to poverty. In the course of human history, slavery was a typical feature of civilization, and was legal in most societies, but it is now outlawed in most countries of the world, except as a punishment for a crime.In chattel slavery, the slave is legally rendered the personal property (chattel) of the slave owner. In economics, the term de facto slavery describes the conditions of unfree labour and forced labour that most slaves endure.In 2019, approximately 40 million people, of whom 26 percent were children, were enslaved throughout the world despite it being illegal. In the modern world, more than 50 percent of slaves provide forced labour, usually in the factories and sweatshops of the private sector of a country's economy. In industrialised countries, human trafficking is a modern variety of slavery; in non-industrialised countries, enslavement by debt bondage is a common form of enslaving a person, such as captive domestic servants, forced marriage, and child soldiers.
A slave is a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them, often involving being treated as a commodity that can be bought, sold, and owned. This dehumanizing system, historically prevalent in many societies, results in the denial of personal freedom and basic human rights. Slavery involves a wide variety of conditions and forms, including forced labor, human trafficking, child slavery, and debt bondage, among others.
a person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another
one who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition
a drudge; one who labors like a slave
an abject person; a wretch
to drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave
Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve Washington and Mark Hicks formed the group in Dayton, Ohio in 1975.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
slāv, n. a captive in servitude: any one in bondage: a serf: one who labours like a slave: a drudge: one wholly under the will of another: one who has lost all power of resistance.—v.i. to work like a slave: to drudge.—adj. Slave′-born, born in slavery.—ns. Slave′-drī′ver, one who superintends slaves at their work; Slave′-fork, a long and heavy branch into the forked end of which a slave's neck is fixed to prevent his escaping from the slave-trader's gang.—adj. Slave′-grown, grown on land worked by slaves.—ns. Slave′-hold′er, an owner of slaves; Slave′-hold′ing; Slave′-hunt, a hunt after runaway slaves; Slā′ver, a ship employed in the slave-trade; Slā′very, the state of being a slave: serfdom: the state of being entirely under the will of another: bondage: drudgery; Slave′-ship, a ship used for transporting slaves.—n.pl. Slave′-states, those states of the American Union which maintained domestic slavery before the Civil War—Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.—ns. Slave′-trade, the trade of buying and selling slaves; Slave′-trā′der, a trader in slaves; Slā′vey (slang), a domestic drudge, a maid-servant.—adj. Slā′vish, of or belonging to slaves: becoming slaves: servile: mean: base: laborious.—adv. Slā′vishly.—ns. Slā′vishness; Slāvoc′racy, slave-owners collectively, or their interests, &c.; Slā′vocrat, a member of the slavocracy. [O. Fr. esclave—Mid. High Ger. slave (Ger. sclave), from Slav, above.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A person with a servile mind, who quickly crooks the pregnant hinges of the knee, that thrift may follow fawning; who gratifies his wants either through cringing flattery or coercion, and who tyrannizes over others whenever he has a chance.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'slave' in Nouns Frequency: #2116
The numerical value of slave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of slave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
We built a force feedback master slave arm where the master controls one robot and the slave moves as the master requires.
From the Gulistan Be not over much angry with thy slave; Treat him not unjustly, and pain not his feelings. True, thou mayst have bought him for ten direms; But 'twas not by thy power that he was created. There is a tradition of the Prophet--peace be upon him!--that on the day of the resurrection the greatest grief will be when the pious slave is carried to Paradise, and his worthless master is borne away to Hell.
They should have a specific museum for those monuments and statues - a museum that portrays the history of slave-owners, the history of the transatlantic slave trade is very cruel, it's not a good thing. However, we have to remember what happened in the past so we don't repeat what happened.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
We can't say things are better, or that slave labor has migrated to the cities, and it's almost impossible to calculate numbers, slave labor is like Silly Putty. Every time you squeeze it, it assumes a different form.
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Translations for slave
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- рабы́ня, рабBelarusian
- роб, роби́няBulgarian
- esclau, esclavaCatalan, Valencian
- otrok, nevolník, nevolníce, otročit, otrokyněCzech
- slave, træl, trælkone, slavindeDanish
- Sklave, Sklavin, Sexsklave, Folgegerät, Sexsklavin, SlaveGerman
- δούλος, σκλάβα, δευτερεύων, υποσυσκευή, σκλάβοςGreek
- virsklavo, sklaviĉo, sklavo, sklavinoEsperanto
- esclavo, esclavaSpanish
- orja, seksiorja, raataaFinnish
- trælur, trællur, trælkonaFaroese
- serf, esclave, serveFrench
- tràillScottish Gaelic
- escravo, escravaGalician
- esklavHaitian Creole
- sklavulo, sklavino, sklavoIdo
- þræla, púla, þrællIcelandic
- schiava, schiavo, sgobbareItalian
- 奴隷, スレーブJapanese
- inussiaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 노예, 奴隸Korean
- servus, serva, sclavus, sclavaLatin
- whakarīrā, mōkai taurekarekaMāori
- роб, робува, робинкаMacedonian
- slavinne, trell, trælkvinne, slave, trellkvinneNorwegian
- slavin, slaafDutch
- slave, trælkvinne, slavinne, trælNorwegian Nynorsk
- sexslave, seksualslaveNorwegian
- niewolnica, niewolnikPolish
- escravo, escrava, mourejarPortuguese
- rob, sclav, servRomanian
- рабы́ня, раба́, раб, нево́льник, нево́льница, ведо́мый, ведо́мое устро́йствоRussian
- isciabu, isciau, iscravu, isclavu, iscrau, sciauSardinian
- робо̀вати, роб, robòvati, robSerbo-Croatian
- otrok, otrokyňaSlovak
- sužnja, suženjSlovene
- skllav, robAlbanian
- slavinna, träl, slav, sexslavinna, slava, sexslavSwedish
- mtumwa, falahiSwahili
- ทาส, ข้าThai
- kul, köleTurkish
- раб, раби́няUkrainian
- người nô lệ, nô lệ, 奴隸Vietnamese
- slafan, hislafan, jislafanVolapük
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