heirdom


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heir·dom

 (âr′dəm)
n.
1. Succession by right of blood; heirship.
2. An inheritance.

heirdom

(ˈɛədəm)
n
(Law) property law succession by right of blood; inheritance
References in classic literature ?
I have not always been as now: The fever'd diadem on my brow I claim'd and won usurpingly - Hath not the same fierce heirdom given Rome to the Caesar - this to me?
It is here that we may see Berman as the ideal descendant of Benjamin--in sharp contradistinction to the pseudo-mystical subjectivities of certain academic trends which also claim heirdom to Benjamin--reflecting the following view expressed in "The Task of the Critic" (1931): "Instead of giving his own opinion, a great critic enables others to form their opinion on the basis of his critical analysis" (Benjamin 548).
Downton Abbey (ITV1, 9pm) The heirdom of Downton is put in doubt tonight with the arrival of a mysterious, seriously injured soldier, and Lady Mary's fiance, press baron Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen) is beginning to show his true colours.