Definition of peonage in English:

peonage

noun

  • See peon

    • ‘These forms typically include serfdom, indentured labor, debt peonage, convict labor, ‘wage slavery,’ and forms of elite slavery, in addition to plantation slavery.’
    • ‘It is even more doubtful whether the colonialists often actually intended the physical extermination of indigenous peoples rather than their displacement, peonage, or enslavement, and conversion to Christianity.’
    • ‘The masses, having lived in peonage and slavery under their old masters, fell into a similar yet more industrialized status as United States firms moved onto the island in search of cheap labor and tax benefits.’
    • ‘The transaction carries overtones of moves to reduce the autonomy of rural African Americans with the debt peonage of sharecropping or exploitation in industrial mills.’
    • ‘Practices specifically outlawed - such as debt peonage, where subjects are trapped in an unending cycle of indebtedness for necessities of life which cannot be overcome through their labor - were in reality widespread.’