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domineering

[dom-uh-neer-ing] /ˌdɒm əˈnɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
inclined to rule arbitrarily or despotically; overbearing; tyrannical:
domineering parents.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; domineer + -ing2
Related forms
domineeringly, adverb
domineeringness, noun
nondomineering, adjective
superdomineering, adjective
undomineering, adjective
Synonyms
arrogant; despotic, oppressive.

domineer

[dom-uh-neer] /ˌdɒm əˈnɪər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
2.
to tower; to tower over or above:
The castle domineers the town.
Origin
1585-95; < Dutch domineren < French dominer < Latin dominārī, equivalent to domin(us) lord + -ārī infinitive suffix
Can be confused
dominant, dominate, domineer (see synonym study at dominant)
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British Dictionary definitions for domineering

domineering

/ˌdɒmɪˈnɪərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
acting with or showing arrogance or tyranny; imperious
Derived Forms
domineeringly, adverb
domineeringness, noun

domineer

/ˌdɒmɪˈnɪə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by over. to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch domineren, from French dominer to dominate
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Word Origin and History for domineering

domineer

v.

1580s, from Dutch domineren "to rule" (16c.), from Middle French dominer, from Latin dominari "to rule, 'lord' it over" (see domination). Shakespeare's usage is not the earliest in English. Related: Domineering.

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