domineering

[dom-uh-neer-ing]

adjective

inclined to rule arbitrarily or despotically; overbearing; tyrannical: domineering parents.

Nearby words

  1. dominatrix,
  2. domine,
  3. domine, dirige nos,
  4. dominee,
  5. domineer,
  6. domingo,
  7. domingo, placido,
  8. dominguín,
  9. dominic,
  10. dominic, saint

Origin of domineering

First recorded in 1580–90; domineer + -ing2

Related forms

domineer

[dom-uh-neer]

verb (used with or without object)

to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.

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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British Dictionary definitions for domineering

domineering

adjective

acting with or showing arrogance or tyranny; imperious
Derived Formsdomineeringly, adverbdomineeringness, noun

domineer

verb

(intr often foll by over) to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously

Word Origin for domineer

C16: from Dutch domineren, from French dominer to dominate

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Word Origin and History for domineering

domineer

v.

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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