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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fyood-l-iz-uh m]
    • /ˈfyud lˌɪz əm/
    • /ˈfjuː.dəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fyood-l-iz-uh m]
    • /ˈfyud lˌɪz əm/

Definitions of feudalism word

  • noun feudalism the feudal system, or its principles and practices. 1
  • noun feudalism The dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs) were obliged to live on their lord's land and give him homage, labor, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection. 1
  • noun feudalism system of landowners and serfs 1
  • uncountable noun feudalism Feudalism was a system in which people were given land and protection by people of higher rank, and worked and fought for them in return. 0
  • noun feudalism the legal and social system that evolved in W Europe in the 8th and 9th centuries, in which vassals were protected and maintained by their lords, usually through the granting of fiefs, and were required to serve under them in war 0
  • noun feudalism any social system or society, such as medieval Japan or Ptolemaic Egypt, that resembles medieval European feudalism 0

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Origin of feudalism

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40; feudal + -ism

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Parts of speech for Feudalism


feudalism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for feudalism

noun feudalism

  • bondage — Bondage is the condition of being someone's property and having to work for them.
  • labor — productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain.
  • servitude — slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
  • captivity — Captivity is the state of being kept imprisoned or enclosed.
  • serfdom — a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another.

Antonyms for feudalism

noun feudalism

  • independence — a city in W Missouri: starting point of the Santa Fe and Oregon trails.
  • fun — something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
  • pastime — something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport: to play cards as a pastime.
  • mastery — command or grasp, as of a subject: a mastery of Italian.
  • freedom — the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.

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