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bond·age

bondage

 
pronunciation:
ban dj
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part of speech: noun
definition: the condition of being forced to serve another; slavery.
After many years of bondage, the slaves were freed.
synonyms:
slavery
antonyms:
liberty
similar words:
serfdom
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The word bondage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before -age (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.