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noun, plural em·per·ies.
  1. absolute dominion; sovereignty.
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Origin of empery

1250–1300; Middle English emperie < Anglo-French < Latin imperium mastery, sovereignty, empire, equivalent to imper(āre) to rule (see emperor) + -ium -ium
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Historical Examples

  • So also is there a peculiar happiness in the use of "empery."

    Oscar Wilde

    Leonard Cresswell Ingleby

  • A lady So fair, and fastened to an empery, Would make the great'st king double.

  • That was in the day of his lust for power and life, when her empery seemed equal in degree to his.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • They seemed to be saying, defiantly perhaps, that they could cry if they would, but they had other modes of empery.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for empery


noun plural -peries
  1. archaic dominion or power; empire
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Word Origin

C13 (in the sense: the status of an emperor): from Anglo-French emperie, from Latin imperium power; see empire
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