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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
Related forms
nondomination, noun Unabridged
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  • The country's rulers, however, had no difficulty extricating themselves from this domination once Stalin broke with Tito.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.

    Biographical Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It is not too much to say that a domination of the Intellect in England would at once and entirely alter the face of the country.

  • Only an individual here and there sees that freedom and domination must belong to us.

  • In 1535, like the rest of Lombardy, it fell under Spanish domination, and was compelled to furnish large money contributions.

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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