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Definition of Slave


  1. See Slav.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.
  5. An abject person; a wretch.
  6. To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave.
  7. To enslave.

Slave Quotations

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Abraham Lincoln

I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave.
Joseph Campbell

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
H. L. Mencken

The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.
Malcolm X

Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.
Walt Whitman
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Slave Translations

slave in Afrikaans is slaaf
slave in Dutch is slaaf
slave in French is esclave
slave in German is Sklave
slave in Hungarian is rabszolga
slave in Italian is schiava, schiavo
slave in Latin is famulus, servus
slave in Portuguese is escravo
slave in Spanish is esclavo
slave in Swedish is slav

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