from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Varlets collectively; varletdom. [Nonce-word.]
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I had deemed it dishonouring in a brave soldier, a well-born gentleman (now from his valiantness, merit, and wisdom become a puissant and dreaded lord), to sink into that lackeydom and varletaille which falsehood and cringing have stablished in these walls, and baptized under the name of 'courtiers.'