Definition of serfdom in English:



mass noun
  • The state of being a serf or feudal labourer.

    ‘the liberation of the peasants from serfdom’
    • ‘The first transition is from the abolition of serfdom in 1861 to the revolution in 1917.’
    • ‘In order to head off peasant revolt, serfdom was abolished in October 1807.’
    • ‘The abolition of serfdom set him on a path towards urban poverty.’
    • ‘Ninety per cent of the peasantry was stuck in a serfdom that offered few ways out.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages, body serfdom frequently involved merely a right to claim payments.’
    • ‘For centuries, serfdom was a way of life for most Russian peasants who did not own any land.’
    • ‘Under serfdom, peasants were not paid for their produce on demesne.’
    • ‘In Denmark, serfdom was replaced by successful peasant landownership.’
    • ‘Eventually, Roman slavery was transformed into serfdom, a form of servitude that mitigated some of the harsher features of the older system.’
    • ‘It's the best set of opinions I've seen yet on the current attempts to pound the populace into digital serfdom.’