vassal (adj.) Old form(s): vassall , vassell
submissive, abject, yielding
1H4 III.ii.124[King Henry to Prince Hal] Thou ... art like enough, through vassal fear ... / To fight against me
E3 II.i.398[Warwick to Countess] The lion doth ... grace his foragement by being mild / When vassal fear lies trembling at his feet
LLL IV.iii.222[Berowne to King, of a savage seeing the sunrise] Bows ... his vassal head
Sonn.141.12[] Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be
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