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 for Vassal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vassal \Vas"sal\, n. [F., fr. LL. vassallus, vassus; of Celtic
     origin; cf. W. & Corn. gwas a youth, page, servant, Arm. gwaz
     a man, a male. Cf. Valet, Varlet, Vavasor.]
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     1. (Feud. Law) The grantee of a fief, feud, or fee; one who
        holds land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage
        to him; a feudatory; a feudal tenant. --Burrill.
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     2. A subject; a dependent; a servant; a bondman; a slave.
        "The vassals of his anger." --Milton.
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     Rear vassal, the vassal of a vassal; an arriere vassal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vassal \Vas"sal\, a.
     Resembling a vassal; slavish; servile.
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           The sun and every vassal star.           --Keble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vassal \Vas"sal\, v. t.
     To treat as a vassal; to subject to control; to enslave.
     [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vassal
      n 1: a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and
           service to a feudal lord [syn: vassal, liege,
           liegeman, liege subject, feudatory]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "vassal":
     bondmaid, bondman, bondslave, bondsman, bondswoman, captive,
     chattel, chattel slave, churl, client, concubine, creature,
     debt slave, dependent, feudal, feudatory, flunky, follower,
     galley slave, hanger-on, helot, homager, inferior, lackey, liege,
     liege man, liege subject, minion, myrmidon, odalisque, peon,
     retainer, serf, servant, servile, slave, stooge, subject,
     subordinate, subservient, theow, thrall, tributary, underling,
     understrapper, villein, yeoman
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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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