- noble; grand
- haughty; overbearing
Origin: Middle English from Old English hlafordlic
- lordliness noun
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adjective lord·li·er, lord·li·est
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lord.
- Very dignified and noble: a lordly and charitable enterprise.
- Pretentiously arrogant and overbearing.
- In a dignified, noble fashion befitting or characteristic of a lord.
- In a pretentiously arrogant and overbearing manner.
- lordˈli·ness noun