The original land-holding aristocracy, which had probably initiated and for a time monopolized commerce, was partly supplanted by prosperous upstarts, and with the general increase of prosperity began to lose its hold upon the community of artisans.
Abroad its navigators monopolized the commerce of the world, and explored unknown seas; at home the Dutch school of painting reached its acme in Rembrandt (1607-1669); and the philological reputation of the country was sustained by Grotius, Vossius and the elder Heinsius.
Up to a few years ago the circlet of plain gold monopolized the third finger of the left hand of the world 's brides.
Jheng then monopolized coastal trade, requiring every trading vessel to fly his flag.
National security issues monopolized the attention of most Governments.
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