dominions

dominion

[duh-min-yuhn]
noun
1.
the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
2.
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion

interdominion, adjective
self-dominion, noun
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dominion (dəˈmɪnjən)
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master]

dominions (dəˈmɪnjənz)
 
pl n
(often capital) another term for dominations

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dominion
c.1430, from M.Fr. dominion, from M.L. dominionem (nom. dominio), from L. dominionem "ownership" (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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