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  • serfdom — (n.) 1850, from SERF (Cf. serf) + DOM (Cf. dom) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Serfdom — Serf redirects here. For the Saint, see Saint Serf. For SERF magnetometer, see SERF. Part o …   Wikipedia

  • serfdom — See serf. * * * In medieval Europe, condition of a tenant farmer who was bound to a hereditary plot of land and to the will of his landlord. Serfs differed from slaves in that slaves could be bought and sold without reference to land, whereas… …   Universalium

  • serfdom — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)fdəm[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT The system of serfdom was the social and economic system by which the owners of land had serfs. 2) N UNCOUNT If someone was in a state of serfdom, they were a serf …   English dictionary

  • Serfdom — Serfage Serf age, Serfdom Serf dom, n. The state or condition of a serf. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serfdom — serf ► NOUN ▪ (in the feudal system) an agricultural labourer who was tied to working on a particular estate. DERIVATIVES serfdom noun. ORIGIN Latin servus slave …   English terms dictionary

  • serfdom — noun see serf …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • serfdom — noun a) The state of being a serf. b) The feudal system that includes serfs. Syn: serfage, serfhood …   Wiktionary

  • serfdom — Synonyms and related words: abjectness, absolutism, attendance, baseness, bond service, bondage, captivity, control, debt slavery, deprivation of freedom, disenfranchisement, disfranchisement, domination, employ, employment, enslavement,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • serfdom — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A state of subjugation to an owner or master: bondage, enslavement, helotry, servileness, servility, servitude, slavery, thrall, thralldom, villeinage, yoke. See OVER …   English dictionary for students

  • serfdom — serf|dom [ˈsə:fdəm US ˈsə:rf ] n [U] the system of using serfs, or the state of being a serf …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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