villenage


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Villanage \Vil"lan*age\ (?; 48), n. [OF. villenage, vilenage.
   See Villain.]
   1. (Feudal Law) The state of a villain, or serf; base
      servitude; tenure on condition of doing the meanest
      services for the lord. [In this sense written also
      villenage, and villeinage.]
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            I speak even now as if sin were condemned in a
            perpetual villanage, never to be manumitted.
                                                  --Milton.
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            Some faint traces of villanage were detected by the
            curious so late as the days of the Stuarts.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   2. Baseness; infamy; villainy. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Villenage \Vil"len*age\, n. [See Villanage.] (Feudal Law)
   Villanage. --Blackstone.
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