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Meaning of slavery

slav•er•y

Pronunciation: (slā'vu-rē, slāv'rē), [key]
— n.
  1. the condition of a slave; bondage.
  2. the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.
  3. a state of subjection like that of a slave: He was kept in slavery by drugs.
  4. severe toil; drudgery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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