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[ dom-uh-ney-shuhn ]


  1. an act or instance of dominating.
  2. rule or sway; control, often arbitrary.
  3. dominations, Theology. one of the nine orders of celestial attendants of God. Compare angel ( def 1 ).


/ ˌdɒmɪˈneɪʃən /


  1. the act of dominating or state of being dominated
  2. authority; rule; control
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Word History and Origins

Origin of domination1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin dominātiōn-, stem of dominātiō “mastery, rule,” from domināt(us) “controlled” (past participle of domināre “to master, control”; dominate ) + -iō -ion; replacing Middle English dominacioun, from Anglo-French
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Example Sentences

From unicorns aiming for world domination to small township startups looking to make a difference in women’s lives, Africa is replete with innovators.

From Ozy

This year, Olivia Rodrigo’s path from Disney stardom to pop-chart domination bears broad similarities to Spears’.

From Time

Take note, the gargantuan cruise liners have returned to this maritime town, but in a fraction of their former domination, so walking the ancient streets now is manageable and magical.

To be sure, the Swoosh has still had more athletes on the podium than any other company, but it hasn’t been total domination.

They are now built for postseason success rather than just regular-season domination.

But Flagg, too, comes apart in his machinations, bent ever more fully on political domination.

Maybe some light domination but nothing that can be considered degrading.

It was about, as James Bond once sighed to Dr. No, “world domination, the same old story.”

Once Europe got its first taste of ice cream, world domination was pretty much inevitable.

Local pushback against ISIS domination in these areas to bring a power sharing arrangement, seems ever more remote.

As in many women of Southern race, the period of hot blood had passed into a period of intrigue and domination.

The book was a violent attack on the spirit of domination which characterized the Christian priesthood at that time.

Neurotic tendencies which unfit women for marriage—the desire for domination.

The domination of the present governing clique will go, and one hopes that something better will take its place.

And Europe must see that the Slavs became a barrier and not a help to Russian designs of domination.