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Definitions for vassalage
ˈvæs ə lɪdʒvas·salage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serfdom, serfhood, vassalagenoun

    the state of a serf


  1. vassalagenoun

    The state of being a vassal.

  2. Etymology: From vassalage (French vasselage), from vassal.


  1. vassalage

    A vassal or liege subject is a person regarded as having a mutual obligation to a lord or monarch, in the context of the feudal system in medieval Europe. While the subordinate party is called a vassal, the dominant party is called a suzerain. While the rights and obligations of a vassal are called vassalage, and the rights and obligations of a suzerain are called suzerainty. The obligations of a vassal often included military support by knights in exchange for certain privileges, usually including land held as a tenant or fief. The term is also applied to similar arrangements in other feudal societies. In contrast, fealty (fidelitas) was sworn, unconditional loyalty to a monarch.


  1. vassalage

    Vassalage is a socio-political system that existed in medieval Europe, where a person, known as a vassal, pledged allegiance and service to a lord or monarch in exchange for protection and the use of land. This service usually included military assistance, advice, and other forms of support. Vassals were also obliged to pay rent or participate in activities on the lord's behalf. The relationship between the vassal and the lord was legally and socially binding, often symbolized by ceremonial acts. The entire system of vassalage is often referred to as feudalism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vassalagenoun

    the state of being a vassal, or feudatory

  2. Vassalagenoun

    political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery; as, the Greeks were held in vassalage by the Turks

  3. Vassalagenoun

    a territory held in vassalage

  4. Vassalagenoun

    vassals, collectively; vassalry

  5. Vassalagenoun

    valorous service, such as that performed by a vassal; valor; prowess; courage

  6. Etymology: [OE. vassalage, F. vasselage, LL. vassallaticum.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vassalage in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vassalage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of vassalage in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis.

  2. William Ellery Channing:

    Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.

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