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  • n. Plural form of fief.

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Examples

  • The barons were supposed to hold these tracts, called fiefs, as _tenants_ of the king, and in return they were expected to make an acknowledgment to the king in the shape of some

    The Coming of the Friars

  • Endless gerrymandering has resulted in the creation of political "fiefs", where getting "elected" is essentially an appointment for life.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • He promised a reunion of the Eastern Orthodox Church and to give Byzantine lands ( "fiefs") to victorious knights from feudal Western Europe.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • He promised a reunion of the Eastern Orthodox Church and to give Byzantine lands ( "fiefs") to victorious knights from the feudal west.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • When the host of Mordor moved to attack Minas Tirith, the leaders of the various fiefs sent only a small part of their forces to reinforce the city; the rest were kept at home to defend against the black fleet of Umbar.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • But it is not at all clear that these were really fiefs in the Western sense.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • Tolkien makes several references to the ‘fiefs’ of Gondor, a definitely feudal term.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • But it belies a deeper problem the company is grappling with: a culture of clashing fiefs and personalities created by a rapid series of acquisitions that haven't jelled, according to a dozen current and former employees.

    Culture Clashes Tear at AOL

  • But now fighting between the fiefs has flared again, further destabilizing the company and threatening to unravel one of AOL's more high-profile deals.

    Culture Clashes Tear at AOL

  • Chagrined by Karzai's tolerance of corruption that implicated his closest relatives, cabinet officials, and friends and by his unwillingness to clamp down on even rival warlords-cum-government officials who ran fiefs similar to Wali's in different parts of Afghanistan, the Obama administration sought to pressure

    Vanda Felbab-Brown: Implications of the Assassinations of Prominent Politicians in Afghanistan

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