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[dom-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌdɒm əˈneɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of dominating.
rule or sway; control, often arbitrary.
dominations, Theology. one of the nine orders of celestial attendants of God.
Compare angel (def 1).
Origin of domination
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dominātiōn- (stem of dominātiō), equivalent to domināt(us) (see dominate) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English dominacioun < Anglo-French
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nondomination, noun Unabridged
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  • If you do not believe in world domination through mind control, perhaps my experiments are working.
  • As long as the community-source projects are self-sustaining, they don't have to aspire to world domination.
  • Not content merely to run the world's biggest futures market, he seems bent on total domination.
  • The quest of insects to achieve total world domination is wing-powered.
  • The crazier the scripture, the more the domination imposed.
  • The prize may not, this time round, be world domination.
  • In the land down under, the kangaroo has kicked and hopped its way to domination in some of the toughest terrain in the world.
  • Our conversation domination mostly takes the form of groaning.
  • To get a clear picture of the landscape, imagine a speed race for world domination.
  • But a funny thing happened on the way to world domination.
British Dictionary definitions for domination


the act of dominating or state of being dominated
authority; rule; control
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Word Origin and History for domination

late 14c., "rule, control," from Old French dominacion (12c.) "domination, rule, power," from Latin dominationem (nominative dominatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dominari "to rule, have dominion over," from dominus "lord, master," literally "master of the house," from domus "home" (see domestic) + -nus, suffix denoting ownership or relation. Sexual sense by 1961.

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