vassalage

noun
vas·sal·age | \ ˈva-sə-lij \

Definition of vassalage 

1 : a position of subordination or submission (as to a political power)

2 : the state of being a vassal

3 : the homage, fealty, or services due from a vassal

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The Qataris, in turn, argue that the Saudis want nothing short of Doha's vassalage. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The Persian Gulf crisis has no winners, except maybe Iran," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of vassalage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vassalage

Middle English, "knightly prowess, state of a vassal," borrowed from Anglo-French, "courage, exploit" from vassal "worthy man, vassal" + -age -age

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