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also vav·a·sour  (văv′ə-sôr′, -so͝or′)
A feudal tenant who ranked directly below a baron or peer.

[Middle English vavasour, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vavassor, possibly contraction of vassus vassōrum, vassal of vassals : vassus, vassal (from Vulgar Latin *vassus; see vassal) + vassōrum, genitive pl. of vassus, vassal.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in feudal society) the noble or knightly vassal of a baron or great lord who also has vassals himself
2. (Historical Terms) (in feudal society) the noble or knightly vassal of a baron or great lord who also has vassals himself
[C13: from Old French vavasour, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassus vassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal]
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(ˈvæv əˌsɔr, -ˌsoʊr)

a feudal vassal ranking just below a baron.
[1300–50; Middle English vavasour < Old French, perhaps contraction of Medieval Latin vassusvassōrum vassal of vassals; see vassal]
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Led by fiery figures such as Vavasor Powell and Thomas Harrison, the Fifth Monarchists were the radical faction of an already radical Parliament.
A'r rhyfel ar y gorwel, mae Rhisiart yn cael ei dynnu i ganol y brwydrau chwerw, dan ddylanwad Walter Cradoc a Vavasor Powell.
Thus Alice Vavasor in Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?
What follows is a complex set of attractions: Calogrenant's for his vavasor host's daughter and the vavasor's for Calogrenant.
Female and male worlds overlapped and reinforced one another, so that Kate Vavasor in Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?
In January 1654, during the Whitehall examination of Vavasor Powell, Trapnel fell into a trance, dictating prophecies.
Golightly (The Three Clerks), Mary Thorne (Doctor Thorne), Miss Dunstable (Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington), Miss Mackenzie (Miss Mackenzie), Alice Vavasor and Mrs.
In fact, Trollope usually backs up his strong-willed female characters such as Lady Laura in Phineas Finn (1869) or Alice Vavasor in Can You Forgive Her?
Through words or through silence, Maggie Tulliver, Mr Rochester, Adam Bede, Clara Middleton, Alice Vavasor, Merton Densher, and Kate Croy all make promises that they breach, but they do so because the promise is a performative as well as a linguistic act, one that alters social relationships, imposing upon, and encouraging self-reflection by, those who embark upon it.
One could almost say that the left half corresponds to the idealization of nature by art, as advocated by Sir Joshua Reynolds in his Discourses (and, by extension, Baudelaire's transformation of mud into gold), whereas the right half expresses "the infiltration of chance into human purpose." Trotter's excellent book abounds with examples and counter-examples, ranging from the determinism of Naturalism to the development of the aleatory, in such figures as the stockbroker, George Vavasor, in Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?
King's essay which links - not in that convincing a way - the 'discourse' of the Langham Place feminists with the succumbing to male power of Alice Vavasor and Glencora Palliser.
Her most famous series of revelations came while she waited outside the trial of the radical Parliamentary Army Chaplain and itinerant millenarian preacher Vavasor Powell (1617-70) at Whitehall in January 1654.