AskDefine | Define fiefdom

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1 the domain controlled by a feudal lord
2 an organization that is controlled by a dominat person or group

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  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. In the context of "by extension": 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.


estate controlled by a feudal lord
an organization in the control of a dominant individual

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Extensive Definition

Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud, feoff, or fee, often consisted of inheritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord, generally to a vassal, in return for a form of allegiance, originally to give him the means to fulfill his military duties when called upon. However anything of value could be held in fief, such as an office, a right of exploitation (e.g., hunting, fishing) or any other type of revenue, rather than the land it comes from.

Derogatory usage

In contemporary usage, fiefdomism can refer to behavior of bureaucrats or small time politicians when information or programs are isolated and jealously guarded from other bureaucrats or small time politicians in order to preserve their power at the expense of making government worse.

See also

Sources and references

fiefdom in Asturian: Feudu
fiefdom in Catalan: Feu
fiefdom in Czech: Léno
fiefdom in Danish: Len
fiefdom in German: Lehnswesen
fiefdom in Spanish: Feudo
fiefdom in Esperanto: Feŭdo
fiefdom in French: Fief
fiefdom in Croatian: Feud
fiefdom in Italian: Feudo
fiefdom in Hebrew: פיף
fiefdom in Lithuanian: Feodas
fiefdom in Dutch: Heerlijkheid
fiefdom in Japanese: レーエン
fiefdom in Norwegian: Len
fiefdom in Norwegian Nynorsk: Len
fiefdom in Narom: Fieu
fiefdom in Polish: Lenno
fiefdom in Portuguese: Feudo
fiefdom in Russian: Феод
fiefdom in Simple English: Fiefdom
fiefdom in Slovak: Léno
fiefdom in Finnish: Lahjoitusmaa
fiefdom in Swedish: Förläning
fiefdom in Walloon: Fî
fiefdom in Chinese: 采邑制

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adverse possession, alodium, burgage, claim, colony, de facto, de jure, dependency, derivative title, fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible, fee simple determinable, fee tail, feodum, feud, frankalmoign, free socage, freehold, gavelkind, having title to, hold, holding, knight service, lay fee, lease, leasehold, legal claim, legal possession, mandate, occupancy, occupation, original title, owning, possessing, possession, preoccupancy, preoccupation, prepossession, prescription, property, property rights, proprietary rights, seisin, socage, squatting, sublease, tenancy, tenantry, tenure, tenure in chivalry, title, underlease, undertenancy, usucapion, villein socage, villeinhold, villenage
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