corvees

corvée

[kawr-vey]
noun
1.
unpaid labor for one day, as on the repair of roads, exacted by a feudal lord.
2.
an obligation imposed on inhabitants of a district to perform services, as repair of roads, bridges, etc., for little or no remuneration.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin corrogāta contribution, collection, noun use of feminine of Latin corrogātus (past participle of corrogāre to collect by asking), equivalent to cor- cor- + rogā(re) to ask + -tus past participle suffix

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corvée (ˈkɔːveɪ)
 
n
1.  European history a day's unpaid labour owed by a feudal vassal to his lord
2.  the practice or an instance of forced labour
 
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin corrogāta contribution, from Latin corrogāre to collect, from rogāre to ask]

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corvée
mid-14c., "day's unpaid labor due to a lord by vassals under Fr. feudal system" (abolished 1776), from L.L. corrogata (opera) "requested work," from L. corrogare, from com- "with" + rogare "to ask" (see rogation).
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