fiefdom

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Etymology[edit]

fief +‎ -dom

Noun[edit]

fiefdom (plural fiefdoms)

  1. 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.
  2. (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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