Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Absolute dominion or jurisdiction; sovereignty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Empire; power; government.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic Empire; sovereignty; dominion.

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  • noun obsolete An empire; the status or dominion of an emperor.
  • noun archaic Absolute power or authority.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English emperie, from Old French, from Latin imperium; see empire.]

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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").

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    SHIN-BONES

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Wildfire

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

    Wildfire

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  • Absolute dominion or jurisdiction; sovereignty.

    December 17, 2007

  • Once driven to tantrums and fits,

    To hysterical peaks and then pits,

    Her emotional empery

    Is now quite exemplary

    As drugs have quelled rebellious wits.

    April 5, 2015