lordship

[lawrd-ship]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English hlāfordscipe. See lord, -ship

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lordship (ˈlɔːdʃɪp)
 
n
the position or authority of a lord

Lordship (ˈlɔːdʃɪp)
 
n (preceded by Your or His)
(Brit) 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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Example sentences
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.
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