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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).

Servage, n. Also: serf-, serwage. [ME seruage (c1290), servage (1414), e.m.E. servadge (1536), F. servage (c1120 in Larousse), med. L. servagium villeinage (805 in Latham).] Servitude, subjection, an instance of this. Only fig. or in fig. context. — c1520-c1535 Nisbet Rom. viii 21.
For the ilk creature salbe delyuerit fra seruage [W., P. seruage] of corruptioun into libertee … of the sonnis of God
c1460 Thewis Wysmen 178.
Thai ar lordis of thar awn cwrage And haldis thar lustis at serfage
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1420 (Harl.).
And carnall lust is bot ane sure servage [Arund. sair seruage, Asl. sair serwage]

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