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3 definitions found
for Slave driver
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Slave \Slave\ (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan.
slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave,
from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in
LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the
Germans. See Slav.]
1. 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
Art thou our slave,
Our captive, at the public mill our drudge?
2. 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.
3. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.
4. An abject person; a wretch. --Shak.
Slave ant (Zool.), any species of ants which is captured
and enslaved by another species, especially Formica
fusca of Europe and America, which is commonly enslaved
by Formica sanguinea.
Slave catcher, one who attempted to catch and bring back a
fugitive slave to his master.
Slave coast, part of the western coast of Africa to which
slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners.
Slave driver, one who superintends slaves at their work;
hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.
(a) A search after persons in order to reduce them to
(b) A search after fugitive slaves, often conducted with
Slave ship, a vessel employed in the slave trade or used
for transporting slaves; a slaver.
Slave trade, the business of dealing in slaves, especially
of buying them for transportation from their homes to be
Slave trader, one who traffics in slaves.
Syn: Bond servant; bondman; bondslave; captive; henchman;
vassal; dependent; drudge. See Serf.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a cruel employer who demands excessive work from the
employees [syn: slave driver, Simon Legree]
2: a supervisor of slaves at work
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "slave driver":
Big Brother, Simon Legree, absolute monarch, absolute ruler,
all-powerful ruler, arrogator, auditor, autarch, autocrat,
boatswain, boss, caesar, chief, commissar, comptroller, controller,
czar, despot, dictator, disciplinarian, driver, duce,
floor manager, floorman, floorwalker, foreman, gaffer, ganger,
hard master, head, headman, inspector, martinet, monitor,
noncommissioned officer, oligarch, oppressor, overman, overseer,
pharaoh, proctor, sirdar, stickler, straw boss, subforeman, super,
superintendent, supervisor, surveyor, taskmaster, tyrant, usurper,
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