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feudalism

[fyood-l-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the feudal system, or its principles and practices.
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Origin of feudalism

First recorded in 1830–40; feudal + -ism
Related formsfeu·dal·ist, nounfeu·dal·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·feu·dal·ism, nounan·ti·feu·dal·ist, nounan·ti·feu·dal·is·tic, adjectivepre·feu·dal·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for feudalist

Historical Examples

  • Anglo-Norman and Celt, feudalist and tribesman, alike were Catholics.

    Irish History and the Irish Question

    Goldwin Smith

  • Had I been born in a feudalist society, I would have attempted to batter myself into the nobility.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • A feudalist of the straiter sort might well find fault with this rule.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • The Chinese gentry, so far as they still existed, preferred to work with him rather than with the feudalist Huns.


British Dictionary definitions for feudalist

feudalism

noun
  1. Also called: feudal system the legal and social system that evolved in W Europe in the 8th and 9th centuries, in which vassals were protected and maintained by their lords, usually through the granting of fiefs, and were required to serve under them in warSee also vassalage, fief
  2. any social system or society, such as medieval Japan or Ptolemaic Egypt, that resembles medieval European feudalism
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Derived Formsfeudalist, nounfeudalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for feudalist

feudalism

n.

a coinage of historians, first attested 1839; see feudal. Feudal system attested from 1776.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

feudalist in Culture

feudalism

[(fyoohd-l-iz-uhm)]

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society. (See fief and vassal.)

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Note

Today, the word feudal is sometimes used as a general term for a set of social relationships that seems unprogressive or out of step with modern society.
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