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Definition someone subservient to and dependent upon another — especially part of the hierarchy in feudal times
  • She can always rile the crowd by implying that America treats their nation as a vassal state.
  • Vassals were expected to fight offensive wars up to two months a year.
  • Presumptuous vassals, are you not ashamed
    William Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • But I am not Loki's vassal.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • vassal = someone subservient to and dependent upon another — especially part of the hierarchy in feudal times
  • Besides, he was at bottom a vassal of IG Farben.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • O, give me pardon, That I, your vassal, have employ'd and pain'd Your unknown sovereignty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • He too worships fire; most faithful, broad, baronial vassal of the sun!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I took my young sister (for I have another) to a place beyond the reach of this man, and where, at least, she will never be his vassal.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Thus condemn'd, The current of my former life was stemm'd, And to this arbitrary queen of sense I bow'd a tranced vassal.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "You are fortunate in your vassals," Attolia said.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • This would make him the vassal of these men, Alexandrov especially.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Behind them in long swift lines came all their vassals from the northern mountains, speeding on a gathering wind.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Doubtless the builders were all poor men, vassals, and had to pay heavy taxes, and to keep up the priesthood.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Both before and after I received the ring I have been a loyal vassal to the King.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Craftsmen and peasants, no matter in what honor they may be held, own no land, they are vassals of those who do own it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Then, from all corners of Hrothgar's sphere of influence and from towns beyond—the vassals' vassals—an army began to form.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • One had been presented to Santos, vassal to Carlos, whose fealty to his lord had perhaps run its suffocating course.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • As her vassal, he ought to be searching for a way to rescue her, to the exclusion of all else.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He plunged away into the deep sea swell, and she grew big with Pelias and Neleus, powerful vassals, in their time, of Zeus.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • These services were not supposed to be due from man to man, but to the vassal or to the lord.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2

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