One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The principles and practice of the feudal system.
- ‘More important became, with the completion of the ministerial system, the notion of the conferred, or lent lands, out of which the relations of feudality developed themselves.’
- ‘Feudal, I suppose, whereas in England the feudality is set against bureaucracy and ‘rights’.’
Late 18th century: from French féodalité, from féodal, from medieval Latin feudalis ‘feudal’, from feudum (see fee).
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