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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
  2. to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.
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Origin of domineer

1585–95; < Dutch domineren < French dominer < Latin dominārī, equivalent to domin(us) lord + -ārī infinitive suffix
Can be confuseddominant dominate domineer (see synonym study at dominant)
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Related Words for domineer

bulldoze, menace, bully, hector, intimidate, bluster, rule, bend, swagger, tyrannize, reign, preponderate, threaten, dominate, prevail, browbeat, predominate, overbear, henpeck

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Historical Examples of domineer

  • Thereupon, Bismarck proceeded to domineer over the delegates.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • The Bishop is old and meek, and Mr. Groschut thought that he could domineer.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • But she had become imperious, and inclined to domineer, if not in action, yet in spirit.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope

  • The proclivity of the natural man is to domineer or to be subservient.

  • There is no creature in the world so ready as he to domineer, to enslave, to destroy.

British Dictionary definitions for domineer


  1. (intr often foll by over) to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously
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Word Origin for domineer

C16: from Dutch domineren, from French dominer to dominate
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Word Origin and History for domineer


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.

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