Part of speech: noun

Service in payment of a real or assumed debt; a form of practical slavery.

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Usage examples "peonage":

  1. No. I wouldn't go so far as to say that slavery or peonage are the only ways to make the up- country Haitian negro work, though a good many people who have studied conditions here think so. - "Plotting in Pirate Seas", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.
  2. Can you imagine what their peonage must have been like? - "The Centralia Conspiracy", Ralph Chaplin.
  3. The contract trader would soon arrive, supported if need be by the authority of his flag's navy, bringing to my cannibals, or some of them, long terms of peonage under hard plantation masters. - "The Portal of Dreams", Charles Neville Buck.