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[feef-duh m] /ˈfif dəm/
the estate or domain of a feudal lord.
Informal. anything, as an organization or real estate, owned or controlled by one dominant person or group.
1805-15; fief + -dom Unabridged
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  • Others are feudal fiefdoms where nepotism, incompetence and autocratic decision-making are the norm.
  • It is a big system with more than a few fiefdoms, hence the lack of coordination.
  • She began replacing the museum's curatorial fiefdoms with a more streamlined chain of command.
  • Most of these mini-kingdoms, satrapies and private fiefdoms died along with the adventurers and sea-traders who founded them.
  • Profits and bureaucratic fiefdoms await those who prevail.
  • These are domains with serfs and fiefdoms and all the paraphernalia of any power hierarchy.
  • In their own fiefdoms, the chieftains often ruled with unchecked brutality.
  • At other firms the mortgage traders tried to protect their fiefdoms, arguing that declines were temporary.
  • The country is fractured into several regional fiefdoms that regional leaders with personal militias largely control.
  • Lawmakers and committees often defend programs within their jurisdictional fiefdoms, as do federal agencies.
British Dictionary definitions for fiefdoms


(in feudal Europe) the property owned by a lord
an area over which a person or organization exerts authority or influence
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Word Origin and History for fiefdoms



1814, from fief + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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