Meaning of subjugation


Subjugation is like oppression or conquest: one group takes control over another and forces them to do as they’re told.

Subjugation is one of many types of injustice in the world. It has to do with one group of people dominating another group by taking away their freedom. When slavery was legal in the U.S., that was a clear-cut case of subjugation: African-Americans were forced to live without rights, under the control of their white owners. To remember this word, think of its Latin root subjugat, which means “brought under a yoke.”

Definitions of subjugation
  1. noun

    forced submission to control by others



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    a state of forcible subjugation

    the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: “after years of oppression they finally revolted”
    captivity, enslavement

    the state of being a slave
    bondage, slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom

    the state of being under the control of another person

    the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power

    the condition of a peon

    the state of being confined

    an oppressive power
    bonded labor

    a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States

    state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment
    serfdom, serfhood, vassalage

    the state of a serf
    constraint, restraint

    the state of being physically constrained
    captivity, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration

    the state of being imprisoned
    custody, detainment, detention, hold

    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    solitary, solitary confinement

    confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
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    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries

  2. noun

    the act of conquering


    conquering, conquest, subjection

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    Norman Conquest

    the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
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    capture, gaining control, seizure

    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

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    the act of subjugating by cruelty



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    the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

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