slavery - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/ˈsleɪvəri/
  1. 1
    the system of owning people as slaves

    Ancient civilizations were based on slavery.

  2. 2
    the condition of being owned by another person and forced to work for them
    1. a.
      the condition of being forced to work very hard for another person, often in very bad conditions and without pay

      Modern-day slavery exists, right now, in our own backyards.

      young women forced into sexual slavery