One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘thousands had been sold into slavery’
bondage, enslavement, servitude, subjugation, thraldom, thrall, serfdom, vassalage, enthralment, yoke
captivity, bonds, chains, fetters, shackles
US peculiar institution
freedom, liberty, emancipation
2‘working here is sheer slavery’
drudgery, toil, slog, hard slog, hard labour, grind, sweated labour
NZ Australian informal yakka, hard yakka
archaic travail, moil
sinecure, soft option, money for old rope
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