- the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
- Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.
Origin of fiefdom
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Examples from the Web for fiefdoms
Power has withered at the center and devolved to an archipelago of fiefdoms where warlords rule without the burdens of governing.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
The various oblasts, mini-states and fiefdoms are simply not economically viable on their own.After the Rain
- (in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
- an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence
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Word Origin and History for fiefdoms
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