lord·​ing | \ ˈlȯr-diŋ How to pronounce lording (audio) \

Definition of lording

1 archaic : lord
2 obsolete : lordling

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Wherever French voters had turned, somehow there was still a neoliberal lording over them in the Élysée Palace, favoring the diktats of the European Union, the forces of unregulated markets, the juggernaut of globalization. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 And make no mistake, the Masked Observer finds comfort in the communal egocentricity lording over the shadows as the glitterati rule the stage. Michael Dumas, AL.com, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: MAMGA celebrates 80 years," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lording

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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