slav·er·y (slāvə-rē, slāvrē)
n. pl. slav·er·ies
1. The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude.
a. The practice of owning slaves.
b. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal workforce.
3. The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.
4. A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.
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