Term used to describe the relationship between man and lord. *DB assumed everyone had a lord, even the king, who was subject to God. At its heart was the idea that a man placed himself under the protection of his lord. The practice began in the dangerous 8c. It merged into what we call *feudalism and vassalage. The contemporary Latin term was se vertere = to submit to, translating the OldEngl. gebugan = to bow to. [< Lat. commendatio = entrusting] -
Cf. Vassal

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  • commendation — index consent, credit (recognition), estimation (esteem), honor (outward respect), mention (tribute) …   Law dictionary

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  • commendation — [käm΄ən dā′shən] n. [ME commendacion < L commendatio] 1. the act of commending; esp., recommendation or praise 2. [pl.] Archaic greetings or regards, as to a friend …   English World dictionary

  • commendation — n. a commendation for (a commendation for bravery) * * * [ˌkɒmən deɪʃ(ə)n] a commendation for (a commendation for bravery) …   Combinatory dictionary

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