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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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Examples from the Web for dominations
Historical Examples
  • As for the thrones and dominations, no one has yet thought of painting them.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • The sixth, of Jupiter, revolved by the dominations, is inhabited by just rulers.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • Arcade was talking about the Thrones and dominations with Zita, who, her finger on the bell, could not make up her mind to ring.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • The difference in character of the two dominations is the very evident cause.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • Successive Roman and Arab dominations brought no change favourable to them.

  • I once asked him what some called dominations might represent, in the celestial classification?

  • Virtues, Powers, and dominations bade the morning stars sing to the ringing.

    The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie
British Dictionary definitions for dominations


plural noun
(sometimes capital) the fourth order of medieval angelology Also called dominions


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



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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