Villanage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Villanage Baseness; infamy; villainy.
    • Villanage (Feudal Law) The state of a villain, or serf; base servitude; tenure on condition of doing the meanest services for the lord. "I speak even now as if sin were condemned in a perpetual villanage , never to be manumitted.""Some faint traces of villanage were detected by the curious so late as the days of the Stuarts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n villanage See villeinage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Villanage in feudal times, the tenure of land by villein, i.e. base or menial services
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. villenage, vilenage,. See Villain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. 'a serf attached to a farm,' O. Fr. villain—Low L. villanus—L. villa.

Usage

In literature:

Villanage, in the reign of Henry VIII., had practically ceased.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
Workmen in Hamburg are still in a state of villanage; beneath the roof of the "Herr" do they find at once a workshop, a dormitory, and a home.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
The payment of taxes and villanage were refused.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
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