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used in The Magic Mountain

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someone subservient to and dependent upon another — especially part of the hierarchy in feudal times
  • Craftsmen and peasants, no matter in what honor they may be held, own no land, they are vassals of those who do own it.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (71% in)
  • Indeed, until well into the late Middle Ages, the majority of people, even those in the cities, were vassals.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (71% in)
  • There was Clavdia Chauchat herself, that charming, softly treading patient and traveler, who was Peeperkorn's vassal, by choice and conviction, to be sure—yet the sight of a cavalier from a long-ago Mardi Gras night on such good terms with her lord and master always made her somewhat uneasy, honing her emotions to a point.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (17% in)

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