Definition of fiefdom in English:

fiefdom

Line breaks: fief|dom
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːfdəm
 
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noun

1 Law, historical A fief.
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  • According to feudal law, Edward III held Aquitaine as part of his fiefdom.
  • Taking the two key aspects of feudalism - vassalship and fiefdom - he argues that the National Socialist system of government can be seen in these terms.
  • It was considered best to separate the holy callings of the monk and the nun, vocations close to God, from everyday maintenance in medieval fiefdoms.
2A territory or sphere of operation controlled by a particular person or group: a mafia boss who has turned the town into his private fiefdom
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  • They have gathered up our democratic powers piece by piece, taking these powers into their own private fiefdoms.
  • And they just feel, really, there has been one set of laws for people who are running companies and treating them like private fiefdoms and another set of laws for everybody else.
  • They only wanted to continue to operate their little fiefdom as far from public scrutiny as possible.

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