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feudal system

noun
1.
the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.
Origin of feudal system
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • He had a great belief in the land-owning classes, and an admiration for what remained of the feudal system.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • Her frontiers, her laws, her feudal system came to perfection.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • For its very existence the feudal system depended on the absence of well-enforced general laws.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • For another example, there is a discussion of the feudal system.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • Is it possible that there is a split in the feudal system at last?

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • There is an empire and a feudal system, did one but know it.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Though the feudal system had long prevailed in many parts of the Highlands, it had never superseded the older patriarchal system.

    Claverhouse Mowbray Morris
  • He is an irresponsible despot, and the head of the feudal system.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • The feudal system came to its end when Columbus broke through its geographical walls.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • The working of the feudal system was also beneficial in this respect.

    Historical Parallels, vol 1 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin

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