Definitions

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  • n. The position or quality of being an overlord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lordship or supremacy of a person or a people over others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state, office, or dignity of an overlord; specifically, in reference to early English history, the preëminence or authority of one of the Anglo-Saxon kings or kingdoms over certain other kings, kingdoms, chiefs, etc. Such an overlordship was held at different times by kings of Kent, Northumberland, Mercia, and Wessex.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of overlord

Etymologies

overlord +‎ -ship (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have now arrived at the commencement of the long dispute about the "overlordship".

    An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)

  • During the last weeks of Martin's wooing, she had withdrawn herself a little from the business of the farm into a kind of overlordship, from which she was far more free to detach herself than from personal service.

    Joanna Godden

  • The possession of Mantua was decisive of Italian destiny, for its holder could command a kind of overlordship in every little Italian state.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.)

  • It is possible that the Senoussi tribe will emerge from Benghazi's chaos and reassert its historic overlordship of eastern Libya.

    Eric Margolis: After Bombing Libya, What Now?

  • He needn't; in this freakish expression of our overlordship, we already are.

    Wildlife Without Life

  • All the content of my mind seemed to be an absolute faith in the overlordship of the mind.

    Chapter 11

  • Johnson peppered Swing with demands for background information about the Imperial Valley, “particularly ... the hold of the banks and the tyranny of those who hold the mortgages, the newspaper ownership, the Chandler overlordship, etc.”

    Colossus

  • “If Herr Hitler was prepared to make peace on the terms of the restoration of German colonies and the overlordship of Central Europe, that was one thing,” he soothed.

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • There is no particular reason why a line of sub-kings or client kings could not have continued for several generations under foreign overlordship.

    Kings of Lindsey

  • Eager to conquer Karmag, Meliadus makes a deal with Hawkmoon: if he kidnaps Brass's daughter, the beautiful Yisselda, and brings her back to the Granbretan capital of Londra, Meliadus will restore Hawkmoon as Duke of Köln – subject to the overlordship of Granbretan, of course.

    Oath of Fealty, Eclipse, and Hawkmoon at SFfWorld

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