- serengeti national park,
- sergeant at arms
Origin of serf
Examples from the Web for serfdom
Tragically, the Medievalist Subreddit also never seems to address that tricky issue of serfdom—pro or con?Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss|Kelly Williams Brown|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another is that the players are exploited in a system that amounts to a kind of serfdom.College Sports Programs Don’t Deserve the Bad Rap They Routinely Receive|Michael Tomasky|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Obamacare is pushing America down the road to serfdom, but neither its opponents nor advocates seem to have noticed.
Were Britain a serfdom and you the Czar, you could not compel me to this step.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
Serfs replaced slaves; vassals replaced serfs; some day, vassalage also will disappear as did slavery and serfdom!
The reason for this is clear: the oppression and serfdom of the country, the opportunities of the city.The Negro in the South|Booker T. Washington
Many of these acts betokened an intention on the part of the lawmakers to reduce the freedmen to a state of serfdom or peonage.The Life of Lyman Trumbull|Horace White
It made the abolition of serfdom final and absolute on and after October 8, 1810.The Governments of Europe|Frederic Austin Ogg
Word Origin for serf
late 15c., "servant, serving-man, slave," from Old French serf "vassal, servant, slave" (12c.), from Latin servum (nominative servus) "slave" (see serve). Fallen from use in original sense by 18c. Meaning "lowest class of cultivators of the soil in continental European countries" is from 1610s. Use by modern writers with reference to medieval Europeans first recorded 1761 (contemporary Anglo-Latin records used nativus, villanus, or servus).