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"I give not the pip of an apple for king or for noble," cried the serf passionately.

Yes; but if he had not been discontented, he would have been a serf still!

Taking the serf's head in his hands, he kissed him on both cheeks.

But I will tell you what: my mother's grandfather was a peasant—a serf.

The main division, the widest gulf, divided the feudal lord and the serf.

The serf persecutes the Jew because he is himself persecuted by the nobility.

Similarly, he could tell his slave to run, but he could only tell his serf to stay.

The slave became the serf; that is, he could be shut in, but not shut out.

As to the serf, he did not consider that a boon had been bestowed upon him.

You saw the reaction of the Duke when he realized that Flor was actually a serf?

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "servant, serving-man, slave," from Old French serf "vassal, servant, slave" (12c.), from Latin servum (nominative servus) "slave" (see serve). Fallen from use in original sense by 18c. Meaning "lowest class of cultivators of the soil in continental European countries" is from 1610s. Use by modern writers with reference to medieval Europeans first recorded 1761 (contemporary Anglo-Latin records used nativus, villanus, or servus).

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bond servant

nounlaborer without pay
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