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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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  • The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.

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

  • In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • But it by no means follows that the domination of servitude must, or even can, be perpetual.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Here, then, was the end of that life-long dream of domination.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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