American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See viscountcy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as viscountship.
- n. The territory administered by a viscount as (notably royal) official
- n. An estate held (as fief or nominally) with the title of viscount
- n. the dignity or rank or position of a viscount or viscountess
- n. the domain controlled by a viscount or viscountess
- From viscount (from Middle English viscounte, from Middle French viscomte (modern vicomte), from Old French visconte, from medieval Latin vicecomes, from vice- + comes 'companion, count') + -y (Wiktionary)
“Grattan and the Whigs during the greater part of his parliamentary career, but in his latter days became identified with the court party and voted for the union, for which his viscounty was a reward.”
“Knowl, so called in this county, but he had many other places, was of a very ancient lineage, who had refused a baronetage often, and it was said even a viscounty, being of a proud and defiant spirit, and thinking themselves higher in station and purer of blood than two-thirds of the nobility into whose ranks it was said, they had been invited to enter.”
“Arnaldo Guillelmi to the viscounty of Goure for as long as it took to satisfy”
“The authority of the seneschal of Gascony covered an area roughly delineated by the viscounty of Saintonge in the north, those of Périgord and”
“A dispute between ducal officials and local notables over the territorial limits of the viscounty had provoked the viscount and his men; their actions, which directly challenged Plantagenet authority, were subsequently, and perhaps not surprisingly, approved in the curia Francie, even though the king-duke was without question the aggrieved party.”
“Lord Malmesbury had already obtained the Order of the Bath, and a barony; he was now raised to an earldom, with a viscounty, by the title of Lord Fitzharris; and it was in Pitt's contemplation to send him once more to Paris, when his ministry was suddenly brought to a conclusion, and Mr Addington was appointed premier; by whom the peace, or rather the unlucky truce of”
“In reward for his fine record his peerage was made a viscounty.”
“Mary, the wife of C.ptain L.F. H.C. Morgan; the earldom of Temple to his nephew, William Stephen Gore-Langton; and the viscounty of C.bham to his kinsman, C.arles George, 5th Baron Lyttelton.”
“The viscounty in the English peerage died with him; the Irish barony passed to the younger branch of his brother's family, for whom the viscounty was recreated in”
“The king offered him a viscounty, but he declined the honor, "lest his zeal and services for the restoration of the ancient government should be reproached as proceeding from ambition, and not conscience;" and so scrupulous was he that his being made a knight of the Bath even was done without his knowledge, he being then at Dunkirk, and Charles inserting with his own hand his name in the list.”
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