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fiefdom

[ feef-duhm ]

noun

  1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
  2. Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.


fiefdom

/ ˈfiːfdəm /

noun

  1. (in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
  2. an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence


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Word History and Origins

Origin of fiefdom1

First recorded in 1805–15; fief + -dom

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Example Sentences

Individual ports operate as separate fiefdoms rather than as part of a national system.

In fact, steering the business away from these fiefdoms has been a major focus from the moment she started.

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Struggling firms had to sell and swear allegiance to pre-existing fiefdoms as underwhelmed venture capital investors who never saw the returns they hoped for cooled on making further investments into ad tech.

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One of Volley’s most popular voice games is Yes Sire, an immersive tale that imagines the player as the ruthless ruler of a fiefdom.

Mulling this over this morning, I kept thinking about Snap, which sold stock in its IPO that gave new shareholders no votes at all, and Facebook, which is controlled by Mark Zuckerberg as his personal fiefdom.

“The United States cannot sit back and watch an al Qaeda fiefdom rise up in Iraq,” the Iraqi official said.

But Chechnya has become a republic of fear, the fiefdom of one man: its mercurial 36-year-old president, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Cassano—under Sullivan and perhaps before—ran his own fiefdom and supposedly was making gobs of money for the company and himself.

When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war.

At the auctions it was fiefdom against fiefdom and the spoils were dragged back to Japan.

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