Villanage
Villanage Vil"lan*age (?; 48), n. [OF. villenage, vilenage. See {Villain}.] 1. (Feudal Law) The state of a villain, or serf; base servitude; tenure on condition of doing the meanest services for the lord. [In this sense written also {villenage}, and {villeinage}.] [1913 Webster]

I speak even now as if sin were condemned in a perpetual villanage, never to be manumitted. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Some faint traces of villanage were detected by the curious so late as the days of the Stuarts. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Baseness; infamy; villainy. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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