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[duh-min-yuh n] /dəˈmɪn yən/
the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
rule; control; domination.
a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
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.
dominions, Theology. domination (def 3).
Origin of dominion
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
interdominion, adjective
self-dominion, noun Unabridged
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  • John had been under her dominion, and proceeded to persuade her.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He must get the dominion over circumstance, or circumstance must get the dominion over him.

  • It contemplates his dominion as infinite, and his will as the law of nature and of nations.

  • We have risen with him, and death has henceforth no dominion over us.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • It towers above me with a cone-shaped top, a figure of might and dominion.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for dominion


rule; authority
the land governed by one ruler or government
sphere of influence; area of control
a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
theDominion, New Zealand
(law) a less common word for dominium
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master
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Word Origin and History for dominion

early 15c., from Old French dominion "dominion, rule, power," from Medieval Latin dominionem (nominative dominio), corresponding to Latin dominium "property, ownership," from dominus (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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