Adjective "fiefdom" definition and examples

(Fiefdom may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈfiːfdəm/

Definitions and examples

noun

A fief.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
A territory or sphere of operation controlled by a particular person or group.
  1. 'As a result of this beguiling pluralism, various movements openly jostled for state recognition, critics voraciously debated the most appropriate styles, and party officials established their own cultural fiefdoms.'
  2. 'One well-developed section is about New York, where newspaper competition was fierce, and innovative editors managed their press fiefdoms with care.'
  3. 'Probably the best way to depict the Blair and Brown domains up to the 2001 election is to map the policy fiefdoms, or special interests, where an individual dominance could be discerned, even though such dominance was nowhere absolute.'
  4. 'Yet like other Nazi agencies, the Labour Front did provide jobs and advancement for ideologically committed workers, and it became one of the fiefdoms which undermined the old state hierarchy.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'From 1964 to 1982, Chairman Charles Swibel - appointed by Daley to the board in 1956 at the young age of 29-ran the CHA as a small fiefdom.'
  7. 'The Bedouin chieftain Zahir al-'Umar, who eventually carved out the equivalent of a fiefdom in northern Palestine, had gone to Damascus briefly as a youth and received some instruction there.'
  8. 'Indeed, by all accounts Tsutsumi ran the public company like a private fiefdom.'
  9. 'We recognized early on that it's easy to wind up with a lot of independent fiefdoms that run and operate without very much leveraging of one another's resources.'
  10. 'Can the county council cabinet can now treat Wiltshire like some private fiefdom?'

More definitions

1. the estate or domain of a feudal lord.

2. Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.

More examples(as adjective)

"leds can be fiefdom."

"criticisms can be fiefdom."