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slave driver
slave labour
▪ Cotton was grown using slave labor.
slave labour
the drugs/slave trade
▪ the country’s thriving drugs trade
▪ A pair of giant black slaves pounded drums.
▪ Some say they included his black slave Sally Hemings and that she bore him four illegal offspring.
▪ He wondered what she'd do if she ever met a Chinaman or a black slave.
▪ The constitution they adopted was similar to the United States Constitution; however, property in black slaves was expressly recognized.
▪ Patsy, looking like the faithful old black mammy slave in a film except that she was white and she was only twenty-five.
▪ Although the mulattoes had more rights than the black slaves, they were still subject to a series of restrictive laws.
▪ There was no niche or corner of safety for the free black in a slave society.
▪ Some opposition arose over the proposal to make the governor of the state responsible for insuring the return of fugitive slaves.
▪ As an additional consequence, fugitive slaves would be free as soon as they crossed the southern boundary of the North.
▪ Policy was inconsistent in Missouri and Kentucky; some commanders permitted fugitive slaves to remain within their lines and others excluded them.
▪ The fugitive slave problem on the southeastern frontier dated back to the colonial period.
▪ The pro-slavery compromise of the Constitution which required the rendition of fugitive slaves was abrogated.
▪ But she wasn't Jake's little slave girl any more.
▪ At the end, the uncle finds out that the young slave girl is Lisa.
▪ These works can be partly seen as a continuation of the nineteenth-century tradition of exotic genre such as depictions of slave girls.
▪ She kept four slave girls by her; no one else.
▪ What it was like was being anointed by some slave girl.
▪ As she did, she saw the young slave girl on the auction block.
▪ She wasn't his little slave girl any longer.
▪ Something about the slave girl fascinated Heather as she took in the pink silk dress hugging the curves of her body.
▪ Before they entered the slave market or inspected a slave, many slaveholders had well-developed ideas about what they would find there.
▪ They were passing the crowded slave market.
▪ In 1757 Woolman made a second journey into the South, where he found slave owners tense and even hostile to him.
▪ But the soldiers were used by the slave owners to protect their wealth.
▪ Earlier, slave owners had at least minimal responsibility for slaves as property.
▪ This was the first slave she had ever purchased, making her a firsthand slave owner.
▪ A religious group that could effectively weed out offensive people, the Friends found slave owners sufficiently inoffensive.
▪ Some historians have estimated a slave population in eighth-century Sussex of almost twenty thousand.
▪ Left to their own devices, the Confederates dealt poorly with the management problem of their enormous hostile slave population.
▪ This produced a certain cultural and behavioural differentiation in the slave population, among whom language differences must have been highly significant.
▪ In New Orleans in May 1861, disturbances among the slave population were suppressed by the militia.
▪ However, no significant slave revolt took place in the Confederacy as the war progressed.
▪ Some Union commanders even continued to uphold the antebellum policy of protecting resident slaveholders from slave revolts.
▪ With its ability to sound the call of slave revolt across the miles, it was simply too dangerous to exist.
▪ Not many years after these freed men invented their church organization, desperate militants inspired slave revolts.
▪ Even the accounts of the slave revolt are woven skillfully into the novel.
▪ A government minister said there had been a mixup, and that another unidentified vessel was the slave ship.
▪ Woolman was on the examining team that went to the Rhode Island port to see the slave ships at close hand.
▪ The plan of a slave ship issued by Clarkson was also extensively taken up and became an antislavery print.
▪ It made me start thinking what it was like on the slave ship.
▪ These areas need developing, so entrepreneurs pump in investment: capital accumulated from the slave trade, sugar and cotton.
▪ At the very least, he decided that he personally could shun anything that had to do with slave trade.
▪ But we do need the slave trade if we're not to go under.
▪ The society boasts that it has become the most successful single-issue pressure group since William Wilberforce and opposition to the slave trade.
▪ Equally parliamentarians spoke of cruelty, inhumanity and tyranny as features of the slave trade and slavery, often providing vivid examples.
▪ Slavery and the slave trade, however, denied self-love to the slave, provoking permanent discontent and possible rebellion.
▪ Thus, a person who becomes a slave loses this opportunity.
▪ And by the time I was ten, I had become her slave.
▪ Do not become slaves of men.
▪ He opened his window and hollered down into the courtyard for the scraggy Monkey-boy who had become his slave.
▪ As a consequence, those figures became inspirational to other slaves who attempted to emulate them: the Richmond-Molyneux effect.
▪ There's too much hype connected to most beauty products so I've never become a slave to any particular shampoo.
▪ Christabel does not achieve enlightenment through this union because she becomes a slave to Geraldine, instead of her equal.
▪ The defeated were either beheaded or brought back as slaves and their property seized by their captor.
▪ As they talked about and wrote about buying slaves, slaveholders mapped a world made of slavery.
▪ Second, to free a slave.
▪ How do we get back the passion that poor immigrant children and newly freed slaves once had for education?
▪ When the freed slaves landed, they enthusiastically started replicating the lifestyle of their erstwhile masters.
▪ Months later, Heather freed the slaves and sold the plantation.
▪ They freed the slaves and got rid of dictators.
▪ Hopkins was among the first to say that awakening could not truly take over a heart until its owner freed slaves.
▪ The act freed for ever slaves used by rebels to aid or abet the insurrection of the states.
▪ Thomas Jefferson became the third president in 1801 despite published accusations of his seducing two married women and keeping a slave mistress.
▪ Roman nobles kept hundreds of slaves.
▪ He kept his servants and slaves under such loose supervision that the city fathers complained.
▪ She kept four slave girls by her; no one else.
▪ The majority of the survivors were sold as slaves.
▪ At first, I did not want to sell Xury as a slave, after all our dangerous adventures together.
▪ Sometimes the Moors sell prisoners in the slave markets.
▪ They want to treat all Arabs as slaves and second-class citizens.
▪ She was treated like a slave by her husband who she was forced to marry.
▪ The servants are treated like slaves.
▪ Nigel's father has worked like a slave to create a modern environment for his family.
▪ Born free in South Carolina in 1834, Turner refused to work alongside slaves, so he found work as a janitor.
▪ Because slaves can have their interests counted equitably and still remain in bondage.
▪ But trade in slaves has been a universal phenomenon, affecting all primitive societies.
▪ Many intransigent southerners never yielded the notion that the war itself was of no importance if the slave system was not maintained.
▪ Seder participants recline on pillows, for example, because they had no such luxury as slaves, the children said.
▪ The slaves rose and backed out of the chamber, their eyes cast down.
▪ There was a female slave working outside, but when Burun rode up she did not even raise her head.
▪ These areas need developing, so entrepreneurs pump in investment: capital accumulated from the slave trade, sugar and cotton.
▪ Because I like you, Breeze, and it makes my blood boil to think of you slaving away as you do.
▪ You must cease this nonsensical life of yours, slaving away as if you were a servant!
▪ She spends the next ten years taking in washing, slaving away to pay back the money they borrowed to replace it.
▪ Because you're slaving away in that little office all day doing stupid, piddling little jobs for me!
▪ Not much, is it, for a lifetime slaving away?
▪ But after slaving over something for ten years, it is rather nice to show it off a bit.
▪ Because I like you, Breeze, and it makes my blood boil to think of you slaving away as you do.
▪ Plus it has an effects loop, and a preamp out for slaving up to other power amps, and so on.
▪ She spends the next ten years taking in washing, slaving away to pay back the money they borrowed to replace it.
▪ You must cease this nonsensical life of yours, slaving away as if you were a servant!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Slave \Slave\ (sl[aum]v or sl[a^]v; 277) n. See Slav.


Slave \Slave\ (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans. See Slav.]

  1. A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.

    Art thou our slave, Our captive, at the public mill our drudge?

  2. One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition.

  3. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.

  4. An abject person; a wretch. --Shak. Slave ant (Zo["o]l.), any species of ants which is captured and enslaved by another species, especially Formica fusca of Europe and America, which is commonly enslaved by Formica sanguinea. Slave catcher, one who attempted to catch and bring back a fugitive slave to his master. Slave coast, part of the western coast of Africa to which slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners. Slave driver, one who superintends slaves at their work; hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster. Slave hunt.

    1. A search after persons in order to reduce them to slavery.

    2. A search after fugitive slaves, often conducted with bloodhounds.

      Slave ship, a vessel employed in the slave trade or used for transporting slaves; a slaver.

      Slave trade, the business of dealing in slaves, especially of buying them for transportation from their homes to be sold elsewhere.

      Slave trader, one who traffics in slaves.

      Syn: Bond servant; bondman; bondslave; captive; henchman; vassal; dependent; drudge. See Serf.


Slav \Slav\ (sl[aum]v or sl[a^]v), n.; pl. Slavs. [A word originally meaning, intelligible, and used to contrast the people so called with foreigners who spoke languages unintelligible to the Slavs; akin to OSlav. slovo a word, slava fame, Skr. [,c]ru to hear. Cf. Loud.] (Ethnol.) One of a race of people occupying a large part of Eastern and Northern Europe, including the Russians, Bulgarians, Roumanians, Servo-Croats, Slovenes, Poles, Czechs, Wends or Sorbs, Slovaks, etc. [Written also Slave, and Sclav.]


Slave \Slave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Slaved; p. pr. & vb. n. Slaving.] To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave.


Slave \Slave\, v. t. To enslave.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Indian tribe of northwestern Canada, 1789, from slave (n.), translating Cree (Algonquian) awahkan "captive, slave."


late 13c., "person who is the chattel or property of another," from Old French esclave (13c.), from Medieval Latin Sclavus "slave" (source also of Italian schiavo, French esclave, Spanish esclavo), originally "Slav" (see Slav); so used in this secondary sense because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples.\nThis sense development arose in the consequence of the wars waged by Otto the Great and his successors against the Slavs, a great number of whom they took captive and sold into slavery.


\nMeaning "one who has lost the power of resistance to some habit or vice" is from 1550s. Applied to devices from 1904, especially those which are controlled by others (compare slave jib in sailing, similarly of locomotives, flash bulbs, amplifiers). Slave-driver is attested from 1807; extended sense of "cruel or exacting task-master" is by 1854. Slate state in U.S. history is from 1812. Slave-trade is attested from 1734.\n

\nOld English Wealh "Briton" also began to be used in the sense of "serf, slave" c.850; and Sanskrit dasa-, which can mean "slave," apparently is connected to dasyu- "pre-Aryan inhabitant of India." Grose's dictionary (1785) has under Negroe "A black-a-moor; figuratively used for a slave," without regard to race. More common Old English words for slave were þeow (related to þeowian "to serve") and þræl (see thrall). The Slavic words for "slave" (Russian rab, Serbo-Croatian rob, Old Church Slavonic rabu) are from Old Slavic *orbu, from the PIE root *orbh- (also source of orphan), the ground sense of which seems to be "thing that changes allegiance" (in the case of the slave, from himself to his master). The Slavic word is also the source of robot.\n


1550s, "to enslave," from slave (n.). The meaning "work like a slave" is first recorded 1719. Related: Slaved; slaving.


n. 1 A person who is the property of another person and whose labor and also whose life often is subject to the owner's volition. 2 A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; an indentured servant. 3 One who has lost the power of resistance; one who surrenders to something. 4 A drudge; one who labours like a slave. 5 An abject person; a wretch. 6 A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis. 7 (context engineering English) A device that is controlled by another device. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To work hard. 2 (context transitive English) To enslave. 3 (context transitive English) To place a device under the control of another.


adj. held in servitude; "he was born of slave parents" [syn: slave(a)] [ant: free]


v. work very hard, like a slave [syn: break one's back, buckle down, knuckle down]

  1. n. a person who is owned by someone

  2. someone who works as hard as a slave [syn: striver, hard worker]

  3. someone entirely dominated by some influence or person; "a slave to fashion"; "a slave to cocaine"; "his mother was his abject slave"

Slave (disambiguation)

A slave is a person owned or entrapped by another.

Slave may also refer to:

Slave (band)

Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve Washington, born in New Jersey, attended athletically acclaimed East Orange High School, and was one of the first users of the "electric trumpet". He and Mark Hicks ("Drac") formed the group in Dayton, Ohio in 1975.

Slave (Amen album)

Slave is the debut album by Alternative metal/ hardcore punk band Amen. It was written and recorded nearly entirely by Casey Chaos independently through his label, Drag-u-la Recordings and released in 1994. The initial run of the album was limited to 2,000 copies. In 2006, the album was re-released and remastered with bonus tracks through Casey Chaos's new label, Refuse Music. As a result of this album, Amen attracted the attention of producer Ross Robinson who had previously worked on Korn's debut album.

Slave (song)

''For the 1991 James Reyne song of the same title, see " Slave (James Reyne song)"

"Slave" is a song by The Rolling Stones on their 1981 album Tattoo You.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Slave" was originally recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio in late January or early February 1975. During that time, the Rolling Stones were faced with the unexpected challenge of filling the recently vacated position of second guitarist, after the abrupt departure of Mick Taylor. The track features Billy Preston on electric piano and organ (although the organ could also have been played by Ian Stewart). The Who's Pete Townshend provided backing vocals for the recording and one of saxophonist Sonny Rollins' three performances on tracks for the album appeared as well. Percussion by Ollie E. Brown was recorded in 1975, with Mike Carabello adding conga during the 1981 overdub sessions.

Called "...a standard Stones blues jam" in the album review by Rolling Stone, "Slave" was the result of the Stones' experiments with funk and dance music during the Black and Blue recording sessions of 1974/75. The lyrics are sparse outside of a brief spoken verse by Jagger and the refrain of "Don't want to be your slave". Keith Richards provide the electric guitar part for the song, with Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman supporting on drums and bass, respectively.

The Virgin Records reissue of "Slave" contains an additional 90 seconds of the song. It was never performed by the Stones on stage and appears on no compilation albums.

Slave (Slave album)

Slave is the first album by the American funk band Slave, released in 1977. The album reached number six on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and was certified Gold. The single from the album, " Slide", reached number one on the Billboard soul chart and 32 on the Hot 100. Original members at this point included Steve Washington, Mark "Drac" Hicks, Mark Adams, Danny Webster, Floyd Miller, Carter Bradley, Orion Wilhoite, Tim Dozier and Tom Lockett.

Slave (James Reyne song)

"Slave" is the first single from Australian rock musician James Reyne’s third studio album Electric Digger Dandy released in (1991). It peaked at number 10 in Australia in June 1991.

Usage examples of "slave".

A strict taskmaster, he would make certain the slaves behaved for her, so Norma could accomplish her goals on time.

They were in the Entity Control area of the Level Eight docks, Affronter section, surrounded by Affronters, their slaved drones and other machines, a few members of other species who could tolerate the same conditions as the Affront, as well as numerous Tier sintricates - floating around like little dark balls of spines - all coming and going, leaving or joining travelators, spin cars, lifts and inter-section transport carriages.

Also, it would be open to show, by contemporaneous history, that this mode of alluding to slaves and slavery, instead of speaking of them, was employed on purpose to exclude from the Constitution the idea that there could be property in man.

It was a gigantic amphitheatre carved into the side of the plateau upon which the upper city - the Imperial palace - rested, constructed by the skill of artisans, the sweat of builders, and the blood of slaves, vast enough to comfortably seat 50,000 people, more than the populations of Rillanon and Krondor combined.

Chief Slave said the amplifier had been fully repaired, and he believed it.

It is a more easy task to provoke the metaphysical disputes of the Greeks, to drive into the cloister the victims of anarchy or despotism, to sanctify the patience of slaves and cowards, or to assume the merit of the humanity and benevolence of modern Christians.

The case was as follows: There was an artilleryman in Manila, named Francisco de Nava, who had a female slave with whom he had illicit communication, as came to the ears of the archbishop.

Gothic standard became the refuge of forty thousand Barbarian slaves, who had broke their chains, and aspired, under the command of their great deliverer, to revenge the injuries and the disgrace of their cruel servitude.

His ungrammatical French was the fluidly sloppy get-along speech of an Anglophone who has made his home among French-speakers for a few months, not the half-African patois of the slave quarters.

Notwithstanding the English and French cruisers, ships loaded with slaves leave the coasts of Angola and Mozambique every year to transport negroes to various parts of the world, and, it must be said, of the civilized world.

It was the terrible Angola, not even that part of the coast inspected by the Portuguese authorities, but the interior of the colony, which is crossed by caravans of slaves under the whip of the driver.

Gaston soon saw that he was serving his apprenticeship on a slaver, one of the many ships sent yearly by the free and philanthropic Americans, who made immense fortunes by carrying on the slave-trade.

And farther down the river, when slaves danced outside their cabins, the banjoist took a solo turn.

The officers saluted the standard of Barca at the masthead with a clenched fist, but the slave gangs who were doomed for ever to fight the lake weed stood dumbly and watched with patient animal eyes.

Whilst the Sultan took his seat upon the raised mud-bench, the slaves held up two wrappers or barracans, to shield his highness from public view whilst he took his seat.