fiefdom fiefdom  /ˈfif dəm/


  1. (n) the domain controlled by a feudal lord
  2. (n) an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group


  1. The Edens come of Norman stock, and as far back as the 15th century one lusty Robert de Eden carved out a fiefdom close to the Scottish border.
  2. More than that, it also may have been a turning point in political history: the beginning of the end of May or Richard Daley's fiefdom, the last great political machine in America.
  3. In the late 19th century, Belgium's King Leopold made a personal fiefdom of the central African territory as large as all of Western Europe.



  1. Dmitry Trenin, a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said Medvedev "clearly sees foreign policy as his fiefdom, and Putin is actually playing ball with him on that."
    on Jul 4, 2008 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  2. "When the public owns shares, management can no longer treat the company as their plaything and fiefdom," Icahn said in an interview. "They now are trustees and employees, which transforms into fiduciaries."
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: Carl Icahn Source: Reuters

  3. "The capitalist system," Bin Laden says, "seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of 'globalization' in order to protect democracy."
    on Sep 13, 2007 By: Osama bin Laden Source: Family Security Matters

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