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Variant of villeinage.


(Historical Terms) a variant spelling of villeinage
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Noun1.villainage - the legal status or condition of servitude of a villein or feudal serf
legal status - a status defined by law
servitude - state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment; "penal servitude"


also villainage
A state of subjugation to an owner or master:
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Harbord suggested that what colonial officials had initially interpreted as slavery was actually more akin to 'the peculiar institution of villainage [that] survived the passing of the feudalism of the Middle Ages', and which 'lingered in England until the days of the Stuarts'.
See also Petrushevskii's significant review of Vinogradov: (Paul Vinogradoff), Villainage in England: Essays in Mediaeval English History (Oxford: Clarendon, 1892): "Novoe issledovanie o proiskhozhdenii feodal'nogo stroia," ZhMNP (December 1892): 307-76, as well as his other articles of the same type on the "decay of feudalism" that appeared between October 1896 and March 1897.
Page, The End of Villainage in England (New York, 1900), in Eng.