Fiefdom meaning

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An organization or department over which one dominant person or group exercises control.
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Anything under a person's complete control or authority.
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The estate or domain of a feudal lord.
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The estate controlled by a feudal lord; a fief.

The duke's fiefdom had been greatly expanded as a reward for his dutiful military service on behalf of the king.

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(by extension, chiefly pejorative) Any organization in the control of a dominant individual.

Most of our company's computers are standardized, but the IT director allows the employees in his own little fiefdom to specify their own machines.

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Origin of fiefdom

  • fief +‎ -dom

    From Wiktionary