territory

[ ter-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF territory
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Within their own territory each one could act independently.

A territory bounded by the Mississippi has been extended from sea to sea.

We have sought no territory and we have imposed our will on none.

The Empress-Regent has quitted French territory, and since then has given no sign.

Every advance step they made was upon the enemy's territory.

If ever an understanding should be arrived at, it must be based on the gift of a strip of territory.

"And there are none such in this territory," Grim replied quietly.

But take, for the moment, the mere obvious matter of expanse of territory.

Often they broke into the Roman territory, and carried off prisoners with them.

Again, as to the devastation of Hellenic territory or the burning of houses, what is to be the practice?

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TERRITORY

belt

nounstrip of land with characteristic feature
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