Part of speech: noun

The medieval European system of land - tenure on condition of military service. feudal system.

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Usage examples "feudalism":

  1. There was a feudalism, too, in this sentiment that gave the reverence a feeling of strong allegiance. - "St. Patrick's Eve", Charles James Lever.
  2. The rise of feudalism likewise wrought a change in the spirit and position of the monks. - "A Short History of Monks and Monasteries", Alfred Wesley Wishart.
  3. Men like us, full of memories of feudalism, hear of a man so addressed, so flattered, and we leap at once to the conclusion that he is hereditary and absolute. - "The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)", Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang.