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scutage

[ skyoo-tij ]
/ ˈskyu tɪdʒ /
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noun

(in the feudal system) a payment exacted by a lord in lieu of military service due to him by the holder of a fee.

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Origin of scutage

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word scūtāgium.See scutum, -age
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scutage
/ (ˈskjuːtɪdʒ) /

noun

(in feudal society) a payment sometimes exacted by a lord from his vassal in lieu of military service

Word Origin for scutage

C15: from Medieval Latin scūtāgium, literally: shield dues, from Latin scūtum a shield
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