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dominion

[duh-min-yuh n] /dəˈmɪn yən/
noun
1.
the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
2.
rule; control; domination.
3.
a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
4.
lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
5.
Government. a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, as Canada and New Zealand.
6.
dominions, Theology, domination (def 3).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
interdominion, adjective
self-dominion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dominions

dominions

/dəˈmɪnjənz/
plural noun
1.
(often capital) another term for dominations

dominion

/dəˈmɪnjən/
noun
1.
rule; authority
2.
the land governed by one ruler or government
3.
sphere of influence; area of control
4.
a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
5.
theDominion, New Zealand
6.
(law) a less common word for dominium
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master
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Word Origin and History for dominions

dominion

n.

early 15c., from Old French dominion "dominion, rule, power," from Medieval Latin dominionem (nominative dominio), corresponding to Latin dominium "property, ownership," from dominus (see domination).

British sovereign colonies often were called dominions, hence the Dominion of Canada, the formal title after the 1867 union, and Old Dominion, the popular name for the U.S. state of Virginia, first recorded 1778.

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Encyclopedia Article for dominions

dominion

the status, prior to 1939, of each of the British Commonwealth countries of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Eire, and Newfoundland. Although there was no formal definition of dominion status, a pronouncement by the Imperial Conference of 1926 described Great Britain and the dominions as "autonomous communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations."

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