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thraldom (countable and uncountable, plural thraldoms)

  1. Alternative spelling of thralldom
    • 1864, “A Fast-Day at Foxden”, in Atlantic Monthly Journal[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2006:
      The wretched thraldom was over,—and what had it left?

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From thral +‎ -dom, possibly as a calque of Old Norse þrældómr.


  • IPA(key): /ˈθralˌdoːm/
  • (reduced) IPA(key): /ˈθraldam/, /ˈθraldum/


thraldom (uncountable)

  1. Slavery, domination; the subjection of a person or group into bondage.
    • c. 1375, “Book I”, in Iohne Barbour, De geſtis bellis et uirtutibus domini Roberti de Brwyß [] (The Brus, Advocates MS. 19.2.2)‎[2], Ouchtirmunſye: Iohannes Ramſay, published 1489, folio 2, recto, lines 233-236; republished at Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, c. 2010:
      Na he [þat] haß ay levyt fꝛe / May nocht knaw weill þe pꝛopyꝛte / Þe angyr na þe wꝛetchyt dome / [Þat] is couplyt to foule thyrldome
      No, one who's always lived free / won't really understand the feeling, / the suffering, or the painful fate / that's linked to foul slavery.
  2. Obedience, submissiveness; the following of another's orders.
  3. (religion) Spiritual subjection or control.


  • English: thraldom, thralldom
  • Scots: thirldom