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 (kôr-vā′, kôr′vā′)
1. Labor exacted by a local authority for little or no pay or instead of taxes and used especially in the maintenance of roads.
2. A day of unpaid work required of a vassal by a feudal lord.

[French corvée and Middle English corve, both from Old French corovee, from Medieval Latin (opera) corrogāta, (work) requested, neuter pl. of Latin corrogātus, past participle of corrogāre, to summon together : com-, com- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Historical Terms) European history a day's unpaid labour owed by a feudal vassal to his lord
2. (Historical Terms) the practice or an instance of forced labour
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin corrogāta contribution, from Latin corrogāre to collect, from rogāre to ask]



1. unpaid labor for one day, as on the repair of roads, exacted by a feudal lord.
2. an obligation imposed on inhabitants of a district to perform services, as repair of roads, for little or no pay.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin corrogāta contribution, collection, n. use of feminine of Latin corrogātus, past participle of corrogāre to collect by asking]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corvee - unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
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Not content with refusing revenue," he continued, "this outlander refuses also to beegar" (this is the corvee or forced labor on the roads), "and stirs my people up to the like treason.
The ignorant began to murmur against me, and to say that I wanted to bring the days of the corvee back again; this made me anxious to finish this important work, that they might speedily appreciate its benefits.
Ces etats d'ame qu'elle entretient dans le secret presque souvent malgre elle, entre une corvee d'eau, sur un sol cimente, au milieu de jarres et de peau de mouton, dans une couverture remontee jusqu'au menton.
The Tatmadaw's reach extends from the presence of soldiers in urban centres to the use of corvee in rural areas, coupled with liberal doses of regime propaganda.
Aonix was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Jerome Le Corvee, a consultant and professor of composite technology for more than 20 years with a reputation for creative and practical solutions to manufacturing challenges.
This includes the dependency of colonial strategies on pre-existing social and political structures: from Inkan great halls to Spanish demands for tribute and corvee labour--all were referenced to earlier settlement and social organisation.
In the Swiss International at Yverdon-les-Bains, Joe Morgan and Nic Strange lost out to eventual finalists Lucas Corvee and Brice Leverdez (France) in two hard-fought games.
While the great majority of these lower-class commoners did not leave behind tomb inscriptions or detailed entries in history books, we are fortunate to find among the famous Dunhuang trove of ancient documents and the more recent tomb discoveries in Turfan Fit several dated government registers of households, tax collection, and corvee labor in northwest Tang China.
Travaillant de corvee chez le Pharaon, ensuite le khedive, le roi ou le seigneur, ces miserables cultivateurs tiraient quelques revenus.
Could it be that David's sin was the taking a census for corvee (unpaid labor) when preparations were in hand to build the Temple and other royal structures?
De meme, la cooperative recupera la corvee communautaire gratuite (faena), la rebaptisant labor social : il incombait aux membres elus des comites locaux d'approvisionnement et de production de recruter la main-d'oeuvre pour decharger les denrees des camions et y placer les sacs de cafe et de quatreepices; tout comme a ceux du comite d'ecole de trouver les volontaires pour defricher la cour envahie par la vegetation apres les vacances d'ete.
According to Scott, for thousands of years, state structures have entailed high costs for their populations, either extracting resources in the form of taxation, slavery, corvee labor, and conscription, or imposing the onerous risks of tyranny, warfare, and epidemics.