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Definition of Feudalism

(noun) A hierarchical society based on land ownership and protection.

Feudalism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: feu·dal·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /fyOO-duh-liz-uhm/
  • British English – /fyOOd-li-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈfjudəˌlɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˈfjuːdəlɪz(ə)m/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: feudalisms
  • Also called:
    • feudal society
    • feudal system
  • To control an area using feudalism, a (noun) feudalist (verb) feudalizes it using (adjective) feudal or (adjective) feudalistic methods.

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Cite the Definition of Feudalism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “feudalism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/feudalism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

feudalism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/feudalism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “feudalism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/feudalism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“feudalism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/feudalism/>.