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Etymology 1Edit

From slave +‎ -ery.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsleɪvəɹi/, /ˈsleɪvɹi/
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slavery (usually uncountable, plural slaveries)

  1. An institution or social practice of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers.
    • 2014 July 31, Oliver C. Speck, editor, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema[1], Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 25:
      Thus Django becomes the carrier of the “public use of one's reason”—the Kantian road to enlightenment given to him by the German “Forty-Eighter” dentist–turned-bounty hunter Dr. “King” Schultz, and represents the fictive, allohistorical beginning of the battle against slavery and racism in the United States.
  2. A condition of servitude endured by a slave.
  3. (figuratively) A condition in which one is captivated or subjugated, as by greed or drugs.
    • 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley,"The Revolt of Islam", canto 8, stanza 16,
      Man seeks for gold in mines that he may weave / A lasting chain for his own slavery.
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Etymology 2Edit

slaver +‎ -y


  • IPA(key): /ˈslævəɹi/, /ˈslævɹi/


slavery (comparative more slavery, superlative most slavery)

  1. Covered in slaver; slobbery.
    • 2014, Lisa Williamson, Echoes of Elder Times Collection:
      The giant snow bear, the wolf with slavery jaws or the claws of the silent great cats were all a part. Creatures of man's oldest nightmares were the other side of that face.