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lordship

[lawrd-ship] /ˈlɔrd ʃɪp/
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your).
2.
the state or dignity of a lord.
3.
the authority or power of a lord.
4.
the domain of a lord.
5.
British, (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to judges (usually preceded by his or your).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hlāfordscipe. See lord, -ship
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  • At witch time a change of land-lordship will be sought.
  • What his lordship did not explain was what might be done about it.
  • In the case of selling a lordship against electoral campaign money for instance.
  • And the princess, his lordship said angrily, was nursing a broken heart.
  • The lordship controversy is a disagreement over the nature of true faith.
  • By a quick side motion of his head his lordship escaped the discharge.
  • That's where his lordship is hung from the roof of a huge teepee with hooks through his pectoral muscles.
British Dictionary definitions for lordship

lordship

/ˈlɔːdʃɪp/
noun
1.
the position or authority of a lord

Lordship

/ˈlɔːdʃɪp/
noun
1.
(Brit) preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a bishop, a judge of the high court, or any peer except a duke
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Word Origin and History for lordship
n.

c.1300, from Old English hlafordscipe "authority, rule" (translating Latin dominatio); see lord (n.) + -ship.

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