handmaid handmaid


  1. (n) in a subordinate position
  2. (n) a personal maid or female attendant



  1. Atwood's novel takes the form of the secret diary of the handmaid, Offred, named after the official to whom she is assigned.
  2. Advertising was destined to become the midwife for mass distribution and Printers' Ink soon became a handmaid for advertisers.
  3. Conversation is the handmaid of learning, true religion and free government.


  • Behold our mutant future in Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam'

    The dystopian novel 'MaddAddam' ends the trilogy that includes 'Oryx and Crake' and 'The Year of the Flood' with biblical echoes and a sense of humor. Sometimes Margaret Atwood can get a little goofy. I mean no disrespect to the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" — in fact, it's a good thing that she writes intelligent works of dystopian fiction with a sense of humor. Otherwise, the end of the ...
    on August 30, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  • Jefferson said in his First Inaugural Speech that "the encouragement of agriculture and of commerce as its handmaid" was one of the "essential principles of government."
    on Aug 9, 2008 By: Thomas Jefferson Source: Kansas City infoZine

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