Origin of vassalage
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Examples from the Web for vassalage
The vassalage of the poor has ever been the favorite offspring of Aristocracy.
They did not propose, if they could avoid it, to be forced into vassalage to the Swedes.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
This is tantamount to proclaiming a form of vassalage—a thing which is not to be tolerated.The Cult of Incompetence
The great mass of inhabitants were kept in a state of servitude and vassalage.Hannibal
Week after week went by, and we were kept in a state of vassalage.The Two Supercargoes
- (esp in feudal society)
- the condition of being a vassal or the obligations to which a vassal was liable
- the relationship between a vassal and his lord
- subjection, servitude, or dependence in general
- rare vassals collectively
Word Origin and History for vassalage
c.1300, from Old French vassalage, from vassal (see vassal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper