Definition of enslavement in US English:



  • The action of making someone a slave; subjugation.

    ‘the enslavement of millions of Africans’
    • ‘Nine children and three women told similar stories of enslavement and brutalization, including rape.’
    • ‘Confronted now with the possibility of ridding the world of a tyrant, they opt for further enslavement of his subjects.’
    • ‘No enslavement and no tyranny are as ruthless and as demanding as slavery to physical desires and passions.’
    • ‘Thirty years of totalitarianism reduced people's capacity to think, producing a society in love with its own enslavement.’
    • ‘Only such a premise can legitimise the wholesale domination, enslavement or extermination of other peoples.’
    subjugation, disenfranchisement, suppression, tyranny, subjection, oppression, domination, exploitation, persecution
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