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

Word Origin for empery

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