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  • n  the position or authority of a suzerain
    under the suzerainty of...
  • n  the domain of a suzerain

  • Till 1911 Tibet acknowledged the suzerainty of Manchu Emperors. But after the Chinese revolution in 1911, it has enjoyed de facto independence.
  • The suzerainty of Turkey over Egypt was terminated in 1914 after Great Britain placed Egypt under its protection of the Crown.
  • A people torn away from the Jordanians and Egyptians, under whose suzerainty they had been living, the Palestinians forged nationalism out of anger and searing loss.

  • Edward Luttwak in Asia Times Online
    Luttwak, who has long viewed Iran as the greatest threat faced by Israel and the US, believes the price will be steep - including, of course, "recognition of Syrian suzerainty over Lebanon" and thus a major rollback of the Cedar Revolution - but...

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