serf|dom

serf|dom
serf|dom «SURF duhm», noun.
1. the condition of a serf: »

Break up ere long The serfdom of this world! (Elizabeth Barrett Browning).

2. the custom of having serfs or people treated almost like slaves. Serfdom existed all over Europe in the Middle Ages and lasted in Russia until the middle 1800's. »

Figurative. The…rulers are learning from experience that serfdom is not a profitable method of production (Wall Street Journal).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • serf — en·serf; serf; serf·age; serf·dom; serf·hood; serf·ish; serf·ism; serf·ship; en·serf·ment; serf·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • serf — [[t]sɜrf[/t]] n. 1) why a person in a condition of feudal servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord s land and transferred with it from one owner to another 2) why a slave • Etymology: 1475–85; < MF < L …   From formal English to slang

  • serfdom — serf·dom …   English syllables

  • serfdom — serf|dom [ˈsə:fdəm US ˈsə:rf ] n [U] the system of using serfs, or the state of being a serf …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • serfdom — serf|dom [ sɜrfdəm ] noun uncount the condition of being a serf …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • serfdom — (n.) 1850, from SERF (Cf. serf) + DOM (Cf. dom) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Serfage — Serf age, Serfdom Serf dom, n. The state or condition of a serf. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serfdom — Serfage Serf age, Serfdom Serf dom, n. The state or condition of a serf. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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