1. The state of being in the power of another person or under the sway of an influence: "a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce" (Lewis H. Lapham).
a. One, such as a slave or serf, who is held in bondage.
b. One who is in the power of another or under the sway of an influence.
tr.v. thralled, thrall·ing, thralls
[Middle English, slave, slavery, from Old English thrǣl, slave, bondman, from Old Norse thrǣll.]
thralldom, thraldom n.
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