seigneur

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Synonyms for seigneur

a man of rank in the ancient regime

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Never seeing his other sons return, Frederick ordered a feast, summoned all kinds of folk, asked them to be seated at the table, and said the following words: "Hear ye, seigniors, gentlemen, and common folk--good deeds are never for nothing.
Rose water was passed around, and a malevolent seignior, the Baron Miserabius with black eyebrows, suggested to Duke San Alberto: "Rinse your mouth, not your hands.
93) Like many other seigniors, Lieven also tried to spare the smaller households, which were likely to suffer total ruin if the only adult male were taken.
In serf Russia, as in other "peasant states," the commune functioned as part of the administrative structure of both the state and the seignior.
The bureaucracy and/or the seignior might have access to a wealth of statistical information in the form of census returns, land surveys, or annual reports, but they had little knowledge of local conditions, and therefore had to leave it to the peasant community, or, to be more exact, the intermediate authorities that governed the community, to assess and collect taxes and rents, select recruits, sort out local disputes, and grant or deny the requests of the local population.
Indeed, the seignior and his manager (if he employed one) often had to concede considerable autonomy to obrok peasants, allowing them to leave the estate for long periods in order to earn money.
98) Real power belonged to the clerk, the quintessential middleman whose ability to read and write well enabled him to mediate between the literate, Europeanized world of state and seignior, on the one hand, and the preliterate culture of his fellow villagers, on the other.