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n. pl. prin·ci·pal·i·ties
1. A territory ruled by a prince or princess or from which such a title is derived.
2. The position, authority, or jurisdiction of a prince or princess; sovereignty.
3. principalities Christianity The seventh of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology. Also called princedoms.


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(Theology) (often capital) the seventh of the nine orders into which the angels are divided in medieval angelology. Also called: princedoms
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Hidden things of darkness were brought to light to an extent that alarmed all the principalities and powers of kitchen and chamber, and caused many wonderings and murmurings about "dese yer northern ladies" from the domestic cabinet.
He sat; and in th' assembly next upstood NISROC, of Principalities the prime; As one he stood escap't from cruel fight, Sore toild, his riv'n Armes to havoc hewn, And cloudie in aspect thus answering spake.
But in general, the power of the barons triumphed over that of the prince; and in many instances his dominion was entirely thrown off, and the great fiefs were erected into independent principalities or States.
Because in 1807 I dreamed of the very plan Napoleon tried to realize in 1811; because, like Machiavelli, I desired to alter the political face of Italy, and instead of allowing it to be split up into a quantity of petty principalities, each held by some weak or tyrannical ruler, I sought to form one large, compact, and powerful empire; and, lastly, because I fancied I had found my Caesar Borgia in a crowned simpleton, who feigned to enter into my views only to betray me.

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