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January 23, 2008
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Tuesday, 22nd January 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Bailiwick



( Noun )



Pronunciation : báyli-wìk


1. an area of activity in which somebody has specific responsibility, knowledge, or ability

2. sphere of specialized knowledge

3. the office or district of a bailiff


Etymology:


15th century - bailiff + obsolete wick - town - via Germanic - Latin vicus - village, homestead

NOTE:

A bailiwick is the area of jurisdiction of a bailiff. The term was also applied to a territory in which the sheriff's functions were exercised by a privately appointed bailiff under a Crown grant. The word is now more generally used in a metaphorical sense, to indicate a sphere of authority, experience, activity, study, or interest.

The term originated in France ( bailie being the Old French term for a bailiff ). Under the ancien régime in France, the bailli was the king's representative in a bailliage, charged with the application of justice and control of the administration. In southern France, the term generally used was sénéchal ( cf seneschal ) who held office in the sénéchaussée. The administrative network of baillages was established in the 13th century, based on the earlier medieval fiscal and tax divisions ( the baillie ) which had been used by earlier sovereign princes ( such as the Duke of Normandy ).


Synonyms:


activity, administration, assignment, avocation, berth, bureau, business, capacity, class, classification, domain, dominion, duty, field, function, incumbency, jurisdiction, line, niche, occupation, office, province, realm, responsibility, slot, specialty, sphere, spot, station, vocation, wing, department

NOTE:


A location is a place. A locality is an area within a place. And a locale is a place regarded as an environment

Antonyms:


range, sky, general field


Contextual Examples:


• Export permits are her bailiwick.

• You had better confine your suggestions to your own bailiwick.

• You have done evil within my bailiwick and so must die.


Related Words:



bailiwicks : Noun - Plural


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