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  • n  extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
  • n  territory over which rule or control is exercised

  • Today, Purser rules as the beneficent panjandrum of a small yet stately demesne there, employing hundreds of villagers and subcontracting to thousands more throughout Java, Bali .
  • Young George Merck grew up in the pleasant country demesne of Llewellyn Park, spent his summers sailing in his father's naphtha launch on Lake Hopatcong, traveling abroad or .
  • The demesne was walled, wooded, beyond our ken; the bog was rushy and treacherous, no place for children.

  • Robert Moore in Londonderry Today
    But most alarmingly of all perhaps would be the potential damage to an area considered by the NIEA a "demesne of special historic interest" and for good reason as Mr Moore explains.

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