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overlord Line breaks: over|lord
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəlɔːd/

Definition of overlord in English:


1A ruler, especially a feudal lord: Charles was overlord of vast territories in Europe the Jews rebelled against their Roman overlords
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  • Much later, during the mid-1800s, Kathak had a renaissance and gained prominence among the kings and feudal overlords not only as a form of entertainment but also as a classical art form.
  • Fortunately, reason prevailed, the feudal overlords decamped, and no-one (apart from an unfortunate Indonesian border policeman) was killed.
  • Regret about the abolition of droit de seigneur and the right of feudal overlords to flog peasants may be comic, but it is hardly an interesting political philosophy.
1.1A person of great power or authority: the undisputed overlord of the crime family
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  • Average Americans may yet roar loud enough to take back the power from their corporate overlords.
  • I wish him luck and hope he's allowed to put out a mag that he doesn't have to compromise on because of some corporate overlord's interference.
  • Rather than flaunting his authority, he is more of a learned peer, and beer drinker, than overlord.



Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəlɔːdʃɪp/
Example sentences
  • In the mid-1960s, Czechoslovakia experienced a sudden liberalisation of the arts despite Soviet overlordship.
  • Although English kings traditionally claimed an overall supremacy here, they had done little to transform that ill-defined overlordship into lasting military and administrative control.
  • His overlordship sprouted a swiftly waxing arrogance that denied any superior.

Words that rhyme with overlord

broadsword • greensward

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