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  • n. lordship, especially in medieval Italian city states

Etymologies

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Latin signore, lord

Examples

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  • Shakespeare transforms this word into signiory in Othello. In Act I, ii, Othello assures Iago that he has nothing to fear from Desdemona's father:

                                     Let him do his spite:

         My services which I have done the signiory

         Shall out-tongue his complaints.

    August 14, 2008

  • In Venice, this was the Doge's powerful council of six advisors.

    August 14, 2008