• WordNet 3.6
    • n overlordship the position of overlord
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overlordship Lordship or supremacy of a person or a people over others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overlordship The state, office, or dignity of an overlord; specifically, in reference to early English history, the preëminence or authority of one of the Anglo-Saxon kings or kingdoms over certain other kings, kingdoms, chiefs, etc. Such an overlordship was held at different times by kings of Kent, Northumberland, Mercia, and Wessex.
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In literature:

The present king, Daudi Chua, is the young grandson of Mutesa and rules under the overlordship of England.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
It is simply that they realize the danger of this softness, this overlordship of women!
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
From him he received the scepter of overlordship, and bearing it he went among the ships.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
When Hammurabi came to the throne he had apparently to recognize the overlordship of the Elamite king or his royal son at Larsa.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Before, however, he could act, his master required that his overlordship should be recognised by the Scots.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Such an overlordship seemed destined but a few years before to fall to the lot of Wessex.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The shadowy claims of supremacy over Scotland were changed into a direct overlordship.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
That was a high thought, quite in keeping with the sense of overlordship bred of the upper stillnesses.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
He, too, planned to make himself independent of Manchu overlordship.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
It had never been closed, but it had been somewhat veiled by the neutral overlordship of the British Raj.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
All the princes of the East come to the Duke's court and acknowledge the overlordship of Tsi.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
He surrounded himself with almost regal state during his brief overlordship of Canada.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
None had ever dared to dispute his overlordship.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
The overlordship then fell to the crown, and the families of Frossard, Mauley and Salvin successively held the manor as underlords.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
One by one the other Italian tribes submitted and accepted Roman overlordship.
"Ancient Rome" by Mary Agnes Hamilton
It appears, however, that, nominally at least, they recognized his overlordship.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
Adgild appears to have admitted the overlordship of the Frankish king, Dagobert II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various
The overlordship of Harthacanute may have been recognised, but the administration was divided.
"Canute the Great" by Laurence Marcellus Larson
They are a middle-class empire, untainted by imperial ambition or ancient traditions of overlordship.
"People of Destiny" by Philip Gibbs
It was the final result of the Roman-Samnite wars which finally determined the question of the overlordship of Italy.
"The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States" by James Hamilton Lewis