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feudalism

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noun feu·dal·ism \ˈfyü-də-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of feudalism

  • : a social system that existed in Europe during the Middle Ages in which people worked and fought for nobles who gave them protection and the use of land in return

Full Definition of feudalism

  1. 1 :  the system of political organization prevailing in Europe from the 9th to about the 15th centuries having as its basis the relation of lord to vassal with all land held in fee and as chief characteristics homage, the service of tenants under arms and in court, wardship, and forfeiture

  2. 2 :  any of various political or social systems similar to medieval feudalism

feu·dal·ist play \-də-list\ noun
feu·dal·is·tic play \ˌfyü-dəl-ˈis-tik\ adjective

Circa 1818

First Known Use of feudalism

circa 1818

Rhymes with feudalism

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