- inclined to rule arbitrarily or despotically; overbearing; tyrannical: domineering parents.
Origin of domineering
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- to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
- to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.
Origin of domineer
Examples from the Web for domineering
The family shared housing with the ever present and domineering Sara, who rarely had a kind word for her daughter-in-law.Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon
September 2, 2014
Want to be a domineering jerk and take charge of things on the Internet and yell at people who disagree with you?
He refused to budge, and Anne retreated further from public view squashed by his bullying and domineering manner.The Fight Over America’s Entrance to WWII
April 7, 2013
Weighing in on the matter, they have all but tried and convicted Wayne Gretzky as a domineering dad in the process.Wayne Gretzky's Daughter's Twitter Scandal
December 1, 2011
Isabelle started to starve herself as a means of rebellion, wresting a measure of control from her domineering mother.Isabelle Caro: Anorexic Model Dies, Her Mother Commits Suicide. How Should the Fashion Industry Respond?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 7, 2011
What glory would have been hers had she been headstrong, ambitious, domineering!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Above them towered the fierce, domineering figure of Locasto.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
They have been the domineering party, but all that is finished, and we are the best of friends.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
The other replied with bellowing roar—autocratic, domineering.Blow The Man Down
Her man was that domineering she couldn't call her soul her own.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- acting with or showing arrogance or tyranny; imperious
- (intr often foll by over) to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously
Word Origin and History for domineering
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.