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1literary [mass noun] The state of being in someone's power, or of having great power over someone:‘she was in thrall to her abusive husband’
power, clutches, hands, control, grip, grasp, yokeenslavement, bondage, slavery, subjection, subjugation, servitude, tyranny, oppression, domination, hegemony, supremacyView synonyms
- ‘From the beginning his audience - and there was always an audience - were in thrall to his idiosyncratic and impassioned deliveries.’
- ‘Most courts are still in thrall to local governments.’
- ‘Another is to suppose that those who disagree with us are in thrall to some evil power.’
- ‘We live in a world dominated by the private sector and governments in thrall to it.’
- ‘We want food freed from the grip of science rather than further in thrall to it.’
2archaic A slave, servant, or captive.
- ‘Lowest in the social order were the thralls, or slaves.’
- ‘Later that night, the two flew into the village and laid waste to it, killing some people while making thralls of others.’
- ‘No, they would not allow themselves to become the helpless thralls of that traitor.’
- ‘I believe that peasants should be bound to the land as unfree thralls who do the bidding of the freemen without question.’
Old English thrǣl ‘slave’, from Old Norse thræll.
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