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1. The condition of being a vassal.
2. The service, homage, and fealty required of a vassal.
3. A position of subordination or subjection; servitude.
4. The land held by a vassal; a fief.
5. Vassals, especially those of a particular lord, considered as a group.
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1. (Historical Terms) (esp in feudal society)
a. the condition of being a vassal or the obligations to which a vassal was liable
b. the relationship between a vassal and his lord
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp in feudal society)
a. the condition of being a vassal or the obligations to which a vassal was liable
b. the relationship between a vassal and his lord
3. subjection, servitude, or dependence in general
4. (Historical Terms) rare vassals collectively
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rare vassals collectively
Also: vassalry
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(ˈvæs ə lɪdʒ)

1. the state of being a vassal.
2. homage or service required of a vassal.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French]
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1. the condition of land tenure of a vassal.
2. the fief or lands held.
See also: Law, Property and Ownership
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 vassels collectively, 1807.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vassalage - the state of a serf
slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom, bondage - the state of being under the control of another person
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[ˈvæsəlɪdʒ] Nvasallaje m
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n (Hist) (= condition)Vasallentum nt, → Vasallität f; (= services due)Vasallen- or Lehenspflicht f; (= land)Lehen nt; (fig)Unterworfenheit f (geh) (→ to unter +acc)
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References in classic literature ?
Practically all were Zodangans, and it was I to whom Zodanga owed her defeat at the hands of the green hordes and her subsequent vassalage to Helium.
Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage. If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them.
The nobles, whose power had become exorbitant during the reign of Stephen, and whom the prudence of Henry the Second had scarce reduced to some degree of subjection to the crown, had now resumed their ancient license in its utmost extent; despising the feeble interference of the English Council of State, fortifying their castles, increasing the number of their dependants, reducing all around them to a state of vassalage, and striving by every means in their power, to place themselves each at the head of such forces as might enable him to make a figure in the national convulsions which appeared to be impending.
From whence you come I cannot guess unless you be descended from the slaves the Torquasians captured in early times when they reduced the outer world to their vassalage; but we had heard that they destroyed all other races but their own."
Let us not then pursue By force impossible, by leave obtain'd Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek Our own good from our selves, and from our own Live to our selves, though in this vast recess, Free, and to none accountable, preferring Hard liberty before the easie yoke Of servile Pomp.
Mr Dorrit was in the habit of receiving this old man as if the old man held of him in vassalage under some feudal tenure.
He had not only settled it with himself in course of time, that he was errand-goer by appointment to the house at the corner (though he received such commissions not half a dozen times in a year, and then only as some servant's deputy), but also that he was one of the house's retainers and owed vassalage to it and was bound to leal and loyal interest in it.
(And according to the Muslim sources, even this tenuous vassalage was arbitrarily terminated within a decade of Muhammad's death when Caliph Umar expelled the Jews of Khaybar.)
The complex process of transforming a relationship to vassalage may not be that obvious to the modern historian.
He was defeated by the Kirat confederation and he fled to Tibet to later become the head of Khampa Dzong under the vassalage of the powerful Tibetan king Srong Tshen Gampo.
Historian Frederic Cheyette cites multiple examples of oaths of vassalage or of fidelity in which the participants grant their love along with their allegiance and receive the love of their liege in turn, and in some cases bequeathed the love of their vassals as part of the family estate: "an lor omes a amar et a chaptener e a rasonar e tener ab eus, o que il los aen, de totas lor naugas" (Ermengard 233).
Confucianism: The Relations of Vassalage and the Sino-Korean Relationships *