Lordship

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lordship the authority of a lord
    • n Lordship a title used to address any British peer except a duke and extended to a bishop or a judge "Your Lordship","His Lordship"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lordship Dominion; power; authority. "They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them."
    • Lordship Seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor. "What lands and lordships for their owner know
      My quondam barber."
    • Lordship The state or condition of being a lord; hence (with his or your), a title applied to a lord (except an archbishop or duke, who is called Grace) or a judge (in Great Britain), etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lordship The authority or power of a lord or ruler; dominion; sovereignty.
    • n lordship The territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a seigniory, domain, or manor.
    • n lordship The state or dignity of a lord or nobleman: chiefly , with his or your, as a title used in addressing or mentioning a nobleman, except a duke or an archbishop, who has the title of Grace (his or your).
    • n lordship In commerce, a royalty.
    • lordship To exercise domination over.
    • n lordship In mining, a mineral property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lordship state or condition of being a lord: the territory belonging to a lord: dominion: authority
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, have yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltiness of time.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants hall.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. loverd, laverd—A.S. hláfordhláf, a loaf, bread, weard, warder.

Usage

In literature:

His Lordship slipped it in his trouser pocket.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
Wherefore I show your lordship this my desire.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
His lordship observed it, and turned away.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Accordingly, I was immediately surrendered to his lordship.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Shortly after Mr. Peacocke's departure, the Doctor had an interview with his lordship, and told the whole story.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
It was with something of a shock that the farmer discovered that he had to wait for his dinner while his lordship had luncheon.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
It gave his lordship an odd kind of shock when this little personage arose and turned.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
But his lordship, Justiciar-General, upbye, has sent his provost-marshal with letters of arrest to the place in vain.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Will your lordship dine at home to-night?
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
He refused to give his name, but he insists upon seeing your lordship at once.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
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In poetry:

And what he sought but ne'er could find,
Shall I, less worthy, hope to gain,
The freedom of the tranquil mind,
The lordship over loss and pain?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"O is this here Lord Bateman's castle,
And is his lordship here within?"
"O yes, O yes," cries the proud young porter,
"He's just now taking his young bride in."
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang
On a low pony asked, as suits, to ride,
Him late I saw, with pity for his pride,
Straining, in vain, behind the spanking blood,
And happy to receive his Lordship's mud.
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon
So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without on if or but, —
That whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
By daylight or candlelight — Eyes should be shut.
"Report Of An Adjudged Case" by William Cowper
Then holding the spectacles up to the court, —
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle,
As wide as the ridge of the Nose is, in short,
Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
"Report Of An Adjudged Case" by William Cowper
Your Lordshipe when I call to mynd,
And your great fauors, whiche I fynd,
I plaine, I sighe, my tears doun fall:
For this my strenth, my witt, my skill.
Not equaleizing my good will,
No not my lyfe, my self, my all.
"The Avthor To His Patrone" by Patrick Gordon

In news:

Littlefinger brokered the military and marriage alliance between the Lannisters and the Tyrells, earning the gratitude of Westeros' two richest families and getting rewarded with the high-profile lordship of Harrenhal in the process.
His lordship 's wheel of fortune.
Gardner, a former mathematics instructor and computer scientist, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept 7 at his Lordship's Restaurant in Berkeley.
For as long as I can remember I've always believed in Christ and the eternal life in heaven promised by confessing his Lordship and resurrection.
However, when God is truly worshiped, the lordship of Christ is acknowledged by our submitting to His word.
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