American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being a vassal.
- n. The service, homage, and fealty required of a vassal.
- n. A position of subordination or subjection; servitude.
- n. The land held by a vassal; a fief.
- n. Vassals, especially those of a particular lord, considered as a group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being a vassal or feudatory; hence, the obligations of that state; the service required of a vassal.
- n. Servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery.
- n. A territory held in vassalage; a fee or fief.
- n. Vassals or subjects collectively.
- n. Preëminence, as of one having vassals; hence, valor; prowess; courage.
- n. The state of being a vassal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being a vassal, or feudatory.
- n. Political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery.
- n. A territory held in vassalage.
- n. rare Vassals, collectively; vassalry.
- n. obsolete Valorous service, such as that performed by a vassal; valor; prowess; courage.
- n. the state of a serf
- From Old French vassalage (French vasselage), from vassal. (Wiktionary)
“The whole world shall be in vassalage to me, but it shall be a vassalage of peace.”
“I am glad to learn of your humility and pleased to know that I need not call your vassalage to your memory, but I fear that in the darkness you have less regard for either than you now pretend in the light of day.”
“My preceding letters, dearest mother, have enabled you to form some idea of the Hebrew vassalage, which is one of the peculiarities of Egypt.”
“The absorption of the Danelaw by Wessex left the Celtic fringe in Scotland and Wales independent under a vague kind of vassalage to the king.”
“The occasion of this cession was probably some league of mutual defence against the Franks, which Cassiodorus could without dishonesty represent as a kind of vassalage of Burgundy to Ostrogothia.”
“He told the French ambassadors a month after the arrest that Barneveld had been endeavouring, during and since the Truce negotiations, to bring back the Provinces, especially Holland, if not under the dominion of, at least under some kind of vassalage to Spain.”
“In the mean time, her sister Margaret would have been completely weary of the splendid kind of vassalage in which she lived with Mrs. Davenport, were it not that visions of unalterable love occupied all her thoughts from the deceitful protestations dealt out to her by the libertine, Sir Charles Sefton: he had but lately become acquainted with the Davenports, and highly admired the bewitching Mrs. Davenport; but the greatest cause of his admiration of her, was, that she then chanced to be the fashion, and a most delightful notoriety was attached to him who could be happy enough to be her most favourite cicisbco.”
“a certain part of his land on condition of receiving in return services and fidelity, or, as it was later called, "vassalage".”
“Except for the rule of law, common defense, and education, dependency on government gives birth to effeteness or vassalage.”
“Belying the somewhat flippant title of "Fashion Under the Occupation," Dominique Veillon's book is an engrossing account of life during four years of French vassalage.”
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