domineering

[ dom-uh-neer-ing ]
/ ˌdɒm əˈnɪər ɪŋ /

adjective

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

Origin of domineering

First recorded in 1580–90; domineer + -ing2

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Definition for domineering (2 of 2)

domineer

[ dom-uh-neer ]
/ ˌdɒm əˈnɪər /

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 confused

dominant dominate domineer (see synonym study at dominant)
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British Dictionary definitions for domineering (1 of 2)

domineering

/ (ˌdɒmɪˈnɪərɪŋ) /

adjective

acting with or showing arrogance or tyranny; imperious

Derived Forms

domineeringly, adverbdomineeringness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for domineering (2 of 2)

domineer

/ (ˌdɒmɪˈnɪə) /

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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