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Of or relating to a sheriff.

[From obsolete shrieve, variant of sheriff.]

shrie′val·ty n.


n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the office or term of office of a sheriff
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the jurisdiction of a sheriff
[C16: from shrieve, on the model of mayoralty]
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In 1204, John began an experiment designed to increase his revenues from the English shrievalties [Harris, 1964, p.
Mr Tomlinson said: "I feel very honoured to be asked to become the High Sheriff of one of the busiest shrievalties in the country.
Thus from 1496 the English exchequer was absolved from all responsibility for Ireland's defence; while in the north the king even resorted to farming the shrievalties.