AskDefine | Define overlord

Dictionary Definition

overlord n : a person who has general authority over others [syn: master, lord]

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English

Etymology

over- + lord

Noun

  1. A ruler of other rulers.
    The various tribal chieftains met each spring to elect an overlord that would lead them in time of war.
  2. Anyone with overarching power or authority in a given domain.
    The crusty old professor was overlord of the history department, and few dared to cross his will.

Usage notes

  • The second sense frequently carries negative connotations; calling one an overlord can imply tyranny or authoritarianism.

Derived terms

Translations

a ruler of other rulers
anyone with overarching power or authority in given domain

Extensive Definition

In feudalism, an overlord was a lord having authority over other lords. The ruler of all rulers. Any one with over arching power or authoritarianism, or absolute power.
Overlord may also refer to:
In military history:
In fiction:
  • Overlord (comics), a comic-book supervillain created by Erik Larsen
  • Overlord (Transformers), a Transformers character
  • Overlord (species), a non-human species in the book Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
  • "Invasion of the Capital" / "Over Lord", an episode of the TV series RahXephon with an operation named after the Battle of Normandy.
  • Dark Lord (also known as "Evil Overlord"), in fiction, a powerful villain with evil henchmen
  • In the Disgaea games, Anime, and manga, an Overlord is a demon in charge of a netherworld of its own.
In video gaming:
Other:
overlord in German: Overlord
overlord in French: Overlord
overlord in Polish: Overlord
overlord in Russian: Overlord

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anointed king, boss, bwana, chef, chief, chieftain, church dignitary, crowned head, dynast, ecclesiarch, elder, emperor, employer, goodman, grand duke, guru, high chief, husband, imperator, king, king-emperor, kinglet, liege, liege lord, lord, lord paramount, majesty, master, monarch, padrone, paramount, paterfamilias, patriarch, patron, petty king, potentate, prince, prince consort, rabbi, royal, royal personage, royalty, ruler, sahib, seigneur, seignior, sovereign, starets, suzerain, teacher, tetrarch
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