Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Absolute dominion or jurisdiction; sovereignty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An empire; the status or dominion of an emperor.
  • n. Absolute power or authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Empire; sovereignty; dominion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Empire; power; government.

Etymologies

Middle English emperie, from Old French, from Latin imperium; see empire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English emperie, from Old French, from Latin imperium, inperium ("command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire"), from imperare, inperare ("to command, order"), from in ("in, on") + parare ("to make ready, order"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Past, present, and future mingled; and he went on oscillating across the broad, warm world, through high adventure and noble deeds to Her — ay, and with her, winning her, his arm about her, and carrying her on in flight through the empery of his mind.

    Chapter 2

  • He felt, somehow, that he had won to empery over the delicate lines and firm muscles of those feet and ankles he had rubbed with snow, and this empery seemed to extend to all women.

    THE STAMPEDE TO SQUAW CREEK

  • It was in this mood that he discovered something that made him forget empery over the white feet of woman.

    THE STAMPEDE TO SQUAW CREEK

  • And from the fear-stricken, jungle - lurking, cave-haunting creature of long ago, he won to empery over the whole animal world because he developed into the most terrible and awful killer of all the animals.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

  • And often, when woman was nigh to winning to the empery of my mind over me, I sought Laulani's shin-bone.

    SHIN-BONES

  • There, forty feet beneath, wrapped about by an octopus that measured nine feet across from tentacle tip to tentacle tip and that could well drown the stoutest swimmer, he cooly and casually did the one thing that gave to him his empery over the monster.

    THE WATER BABY

  • My my empery is like my…drapes…the cloth thing I wore—all charred.

    Wildfire

  • Divan, and those who are round about him were the Lords of his land and the Guards of his empery.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • O lord of the arm that is long! know that he who despatched us to thee is King Afrídún,150 Lord of Ionia land 151 and of the Nazarene armies, the sovereign who is firmly established in the empery of

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  •     All the domain with treasure of empery gaudily flushes.

    Poems and Fragments

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  • Absolute dominion or jurisdiction; sovereignty.

    December 17, 2007