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overlord

[ oh-ver-lawrd ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌlɔrd /
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noun
a person who is lord over another or over other lords: to obey the will of one's sovereign and overlord.
a person of great influence, authority, power, or the like: the overlords of industry.
verb (used with object)
to rule or govern arbitrarily or tyrannically; domineer.
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Origin of overlord

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at over-, lord

OTHER WORDS FROM overlord

o·ver·lord·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overlord

overlord
/ (ˈəʊvəˌlɔːd) /

noun
a supreme lord or master

Derived forms of overlord

overlordship, noun
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