overlord

[oh-ver-lawrd]
noun
1.
a person who is lord over another or over other lords: to obey the will of one's sovereign and overlord.
2.
a person of great influence, authority, power, or the like: the overlords of industry.
verb (used with object)
3.
to rule or govern arbitrarily or tyrannically; domineer.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English; see over-, lord

overlordship, noun
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overlord (ˈəʊvəˌlɔːd)
 
n
a supreme lord or master
 
'overlordship
 
n

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overlord
c.1200, from over + lord.
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Example sentences for overlords
They were actively involved in the conflicts amongst their overlords.
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