• WordNet 3.6
    • n vassalage the state of a serf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vassalage A territory held in vassalage. "The Countship of Foix, with six territorial vassalages ."
    • Vassalage Political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery; as, the Greeks were held in vassalage by the Turks.
    • Vassalage The state of being a vassal, or feudatory.
    • Vassalage Valorous service, such as that performed by a vassal; valor; prowess; courage.
    • Vassalage Vassals, collectively; vassalry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vassalage The state of being a vassal or feudatory; hence, the obligations of that state; the service required of a vassal.
    • n vassalage Servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery.
    • n vassalage A territory held in vassalage; a fee or fief.
    • n vassalage Vassals or subjects collectively.
    • n vassalage Preëminence, as of one having vassals; hence, valor; prowess; courage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vassalage state of being a vassal: dependence: subjection: a fee, fief:
    • ns Vassalage (Shak.) vassals collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vassalage, F. vasselage, LL. vassallaticum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. vassalis—Bret. gwaz, a servant; cf. W. gwas, a youth.


In literature:

The position of the Israelites in Egypt was one of voluntary vassalage.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
The tribute may be nominal, and the suzerain may be lenient indeed, but none the less does it establish vassalage.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
Week after week went by, and we were kept in a state of vassalage.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Call it servitude, vassalage, anything else, it might be endurable enough.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
Babylon was occupied and the country reduced to vassalage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Anything that savored of permanency smelled to him of vassalage.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
His allies were his vassals, nor was their vassalage concealed.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The Territorial state was declared to be a condition of "colonial dependence" or "colonial vassalage.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
Russia lay under the vassalage of the khans.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
For a period of wellnigh four hundred years it had been the ambition of successive English monarchs to reduce Scotland to a state of vassalage.
"Border Raids and Reivers" by Robert Borland
As justified by his oath of vassalage he vows to slay the man who has insulted his sovereign.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
Vassalage, too, acquired a greater consistency at this period, and its rules began to crystallize.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
So that a year before my father's birth, he gave up his vassalage to the Ostens, and entered the burgher class.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
It has wrongly been held to be the origin of vassalage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Upon his Ishmaelite neck was firmly fastened the collar of vassalage to the baron of the Quarterhouse.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
It was a choice between vassalage, serfdom, or destruction outright.
"The Evolution of an Empire" by Mary Parmele
But during those two days of his first wild vassalage to his original sensations, Pierre had not been unvisited by less mysterious impulses.
"Pierre; or The Ambiguities" by Herman Melville
His lord again found safety in vassalage to a still greater lord.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
The vassalage of the poor has ever been the favorite offspring of Aristocracy.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison
I must go to Wader and Montfort and assemble my vassalage.
"The Siege of Norwich Castle" by Matilda Maria Blake

In poetry:

Thrall of my darkling day,
I vassalage fulfil:
Seeking the myrtle and the bay,
(They thrive when hearts are chill!)
The straitness of the narrowing way,
The house where all is still.
"A Farewell" by Alice Brown