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Unfree  adj.  Not free; held in bondage. "There had always been a slave class, a class of the unfree, among the English as among all German peoples."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Unfree" Quotes from Famous Books



... of ownership; but never to the extent of enabling him to evict a clansman. For a crime a clansman might be expelled from clan and territory; but, apart from crime, the idea of eviction from one's homestead was inconceivable. Not even when a daer-ceile, or "unfree peasant", failed to make the stipulated payments could the flaith do more than sue as for any other debt; and, if successful, he was bound, in seizing, to leave the family food-material and implements necessary for living ...
— The Glories of Ireland • Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox

... proposes to exercise leadership in case he wins it. Are we willing to gain wealth by impoverishing others? Are we willing to get pleasure by degrading others? Are we willing to gain power and freedom for ourselves by making others powerless and unfree? Jesus distinguishes three kinds of men who are interested in the sheep—the robber, the hireling, and the shepherd. You can tell the presence of the robber by the death of the sheep; the hireling by his cowardice; the true leader by his valor ...
— The Social Principles of Jesus • Walter Rauschenbusch

... canonries and benefices with its own followers, and it often took the opportunity to levy upon the inhabitants of the diocese a special tax—tallagium, tallage, or taille—which a landlord had a right of exacting from his unfree tenants. It was to the interest of the Crown to prolong a vacancy, and attempts to limit the exercise of the right were of ...
— The Church and the Empire - Being an Outline of the History of the Church - from A.D. 1003 to A.D. 1304 • D. J. Medley

... this system, to surrender the unqualified ownership of their lands, and to agree to hold them of some lord, though traces of their original full ownership may long have lingered about the land. When they did this, they were brought into very close relations with the unfree cultivators; they were parts of the same system and subject to some of the same regulations and services but their land was usually held on terms that were economically better than the serfs obtained, and they retained their personal ...
— The History of England From the Norman Conquest - to the Death of John (1066-1216) • George Burton Adams

... say that the King was a bastard and his mother a whore Hand i' the cap Hired her to procure this poor soul for him I fear is not so good as she should be I was angry with her, which I was troubled for I was exceeding free in dallying with her, and she not unfree Ill all this day by reason of the last night's debauch King do tire all his people that are about him with early rising Kissed them myself very often with a great deal of mirth My luck to meet with a sort of drolling workmen on ...
— Widger's Quotations from The Diary of Samuel Pepys • David Widger



Words linked to "Unfree" :   nonsovereign, entangled, articled, captive, indentured, imprisoned, at bay, prisonlike, free, restricted, trapped, freedom, slaveholding, cornered, apprenticed, treed, servile, serflike, nonautonomous, jailed, dependent, confined, bound



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