Lief vs Fief - What's the difference?

lief | fief |


As nouns the difference between lief and fief

is that lief is body while fief is an estate held of a superior on condition of military service.

lief

English

Adjective

  • (archaic) beloved, dear, agreeable
  • (archaic) willing
  • Derived terms

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    Adverb

  • (archaic, except UK dialectal) Readily, willingly.
  • * 1869 , RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone , II:
  • these great masters of the art, who would far liefer see us little ones practice it, than themselves engage [...].
    I'd as lief have one as t'other.

    Derived terms

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    Anagrams

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    fief

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An estate held of a superior on condition of military service.
  • Something over which one has rights or exercises control.
  • (metaphor) An area of dominion, especially in a corporate or governmental bureaucracy.
  • Synonyms

    * manor

    Derived terms

    * fiefdom * in fief

    See also

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