Etymology
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serfdom (n.)

"state or condition of a serf," 1850, from serf + -dom. Earlier in the same sense was serfage (1775). Anglo-French had niefte "status of a serf, serfdom" (mid-14c.), from the notion of "native" in a sense of "bound by birth."

updated on May 21, 2022

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Definitions of serfdom from WordNet

serfdom (n.)
the state of a serf;
Synonyms: serfhood / vassalage
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