territories

[ ter-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF territories
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Diabolus had once been a servant of Shaddai, one of the chief in his territories.

Delegates were present from twenty-six States and Territories.

His territories were extensive; his subjects numerous and martial.

(E) The maintenance of law and order in all territories and Dominion parks.

It has been introduced into several American States and Territories.

After the first and second readings it was referred to the Committee on Territories.

They went forth in four divisions which were called the four territories.

In the same month Louisiana was erected into two territories.

Her whole procedure was irregular: not a word about territories and commissions.

They saw only the statics of territories; they had no conception of the dynamics of nations.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "land under the jurisdiction of a town, state, etc.," probably from Latin territorium "land around a town, domain, district," from terra "earth, land" (see terrain) + -orium, suffix denoting place (see -ory).

An alternative theory, somewhat supported by the vowels of the original Latin word, suggests derivation from terrere "to frighten" (see terrible); thus territorium would mean "a place from which people are warned off." Sense of "any tract of land, district, region" is first attested c.1600. Specific U.S. sense of "organized self-governing region not yet a state" is from 1799.

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