Definition of feudalism in English:

feudalism

noun

mass noun
  • 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, labour, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

    • ‘Both had called for redemption of dues and abolition of serfdom and labour services; but others saw that feudalism did not end there.’
    • ‘There were also refinements, if not the introduction, of the system of landholding and social relations known as feudalism.’
    • ‘It was consequently a system in many respects more feudal than feudalism.’
    • ‘Societies became marked, first, by feudalism, in which control was exercised through the nobility.’
    • ‘In China, feudalism, as a social system, collapsed nearly a century ago when the country became a republic in 1911.’
    • ‘Out of the creation of villages and the granting of lands after military conquest came the institution of feudalism.’
    • ‘Under the feudalism of medieval Europe, for example, the peasants worked while the lords ruled and were free from the burden of work.’
    • ‘To this list we may add political ideologies like socialism, democracy or feudalism which animate peoples and governments of the region.’
    • ‘This development of commercial capitalism in the early C17th makes a link with Medieval feudalism untenable.’
    • ‘Feudal services and the whole concept of feudalism kept the peasant poor.’
    • ‘This abolition of feudalism resulted in a controlled taxation system.’
    • ‘Increasing attention is being paid to the fact that, initially, modern states were not the only dominant units to emerge from feudalism.’
    • ‘The revolution had overthrown the brutal domination of feudalism and ended crown monopolies over trade.’
    • ‘This was the antithesis of centralized bureaucratic feudalism in China.’
    • ‘The point I am trying to make to you is that notions of allegiance come out of English medieval feudalism.’
    • ‘Manorialism and feudalism presupposed a stable social order in which every individual knew their place.’
    • ‘Feudalism, European feudalism, was based on the Code of Diocletian which has this embedded in it.’
    • ‘What mattered about 1066 was that it brought both Norman kingship and French feudalism into England.’
    • ‘Of course, if we were to ask a medieval king to describe feudalism, he would not really know what it was we were asking of him.’
    • ‘In Britain it was not until after the Norman Conquest that a full system of feudalism came into existence.’

Pronunciation

feudalism

/ˈfjuːdəlɪz(ə)m/