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VASSAL, feudal law. This was the name given to the holder of a fief, bound to perform feudal service; this word was then always correlative to that of lord, entitled to such service.
     2. The vassal himself might be lord of some other vassal.
     3. In aftertimes, this word was used to signify a species of slave who owed servitude, and was in a state of dependency on a superior lord. 2 Bl. Com. 53; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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Built for the 1937 World's Fair, the landmark's stately stone exterior masked a reinforced-concrete interior so expansive, open, and unexpectedly modern that it seemed to Lacaton and Vassal to exceed the category of building and to approach the condition of an urban square or market.
Though the treaty system was based upon bilateral relationships, European nations had to consider suzerain China as a concerned party in negotiations that included any historical vassal states, such as Korea.
There were chandeliers with Stars of David on them," said Vassal.
At the same time, the landlord is also a vassal, a personal subordinate of a higher-level noble or of the sovereign, who recognizes the landlord's feudal authority in exchange for military service.
415 it is said of Mari's Zimri-Lim and his vassals that in exchange for a vassal kingdom's or city's loyal submission to a higher authority, such authority would protect the lesser king, granting him inner stability and order in his territory and continuity in office, thus incorporating him into a greater territorial state.
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Under the Bourbons, Curcio-Nagy argues, the ideal prince became the King himself; the ideal vassal, an efficient, educated, and increasingly elite and Spanish-born citizen.
All his life Sir Guy de Bryan was a loyal vassal to King Edward fighting for him in the war with the French.
Utilizing concepts from Levi-Strauss, Whorf, Bahktin, Kristeva, Foucault, and Roland Barthes, this essay theorizes about an applied pedagogy that moves students from the position of subjugated vassal and passive knowledge vessel to an active and engaged intertextual creator.