serfage

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serfage ‎(countable and uncountable, plural serfages)

  1. serfdom
    • 1856, H. T. Ryde., History of the Girondists, Volume I[1]:
      Christianity finding men in serfage and degraded all over the earth, had arisen on the fall of the Roman Empire, like a mighty vengeance, though under the aspect of a resignation.
    • 1890, John Richard Green, History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)[2]:
      The story of St. Edmundsbury shows how gradual was the transition from pure serfage to an imperfect freedom.
    • 1922, Ralph Adams Cram, Towards the Great Peace[3]:
      Since then the process of abolishing wage-slavery went slowly forward until at last the war came not only to threaten its destruction altogether but also to place the emancipated workers in a position where they could dictate terms and conditions to capital, to employers, to government and to the general public; while even now in many parts of Europe and America, besides Russia, overt attempts are being made to bring back the old slavery, only with the former bondsmen in supreme dictatorship, the former employers and the "bourgeoisie" in the new serfage.