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Lordship, 1) state of husband, conjugal right and duty: “ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his l.” Mids. I, 1, 81. you fly them (wives) “as you swear them l.” All's V, 3, 156 (or in both passages == sway, sovereignty?)
2) the dignity of lord, seigniory: “be it a l., thou shalt have it,” H6B IV, 7, 5.
3) title of honor given to noblemen and persons of high rank: Ven. Ded. H6B IV, 7, 5 Lucr. Ded. H6B IV, 7, 5 H6B IV, 7, 5 Gent. I, 3, 4. Gent. I, 3, 4 Meas. II, 1, 143. Ado I, 3, 77. Merch. III, 2, 198. H4B I, 1, 4. H6A III, 1, 56. V, 1, 55. H6C IV, 8, 34. R3 I, 1, 125. III, 2, 8. III, 2, 8 III, 5, 67 etc.
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