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noun as in bondage

noun as in servitude

noun as in slavery

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Example Sentences

David Ruffin, the disgruntled lead singer of The Temptations, complained that the company kept him in “economic peonage.”

I, with a train load of other strikers, went to Louisiana and the whole bunch of us were practically forced into peonage.

The profit to England from Irish peonage cannot be assessed in terms of trade, or finance, or taxation.

Had this bill not been bitterly opposed, the Irish people would have been subject to peonage equal to absolute slavery.

Joseph Biggar had the floor and declared the bill was really a move to steal Irish children and sell them into perpetual peonage.

Many of these acts betokened an intention on the part of the lawmakers to reduce the freedmen to a state of serfdom or peonage.


On this page you'll find 237 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to peonage, such as: enslavement, serfdom, servitude, subjugation, yoke, and chains.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.