[dom-uh-ney-shuh n]


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 formsnon·dom·i·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dominations

Historical Examples of dominations

  • 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 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dominations


pl n

(sometimes capital) the fourth order of medieval angelologyAlso 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