Middle English Dictionary Entry

bondāǧe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The feudal tenure or status of a bonde or bond(eman (q.v.), bondage; holden lond in ~; (b) a service required of a customary tenant; (c) the class of bondmen and serfs, the unfree.
Servitude, vassalage; subjection.
The state of being subject to punishment or damnation (for Adam's or one's sin), or of being under someone's domination.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?a1425 Orch.Syon (Hrl 3432)133/18 : Trewe seruauntis..seruen me truly wiþoute ony seruile or bondage drede, þat seruen me not for dreede of peyne, but for loue.
  • Note: New combination for sense 3.: ~ drede, fear inspired by the threat of punishment or damnation.
Note: The list of variant spellings in the form section is incomplete and needs revision to accord with standards of later volumes of the MED. Provisional revised form section: Also bonddage, bondag(he, bondeig.--notes per MLL