Lief vs Fief - What's the difference?
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.
(archaic) beloved, dear, agreeable
(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.
* (l), (l)
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.
* in fief