inclined to rule arbitrarily or despotically; overbearing; tyrannical: domineering parents.
- dom·i·neer·ing·ly, adverb
- dom·i·neer·ing·ness, noun
- non·dom·i·neer·ing, adjective
- su·per·dom·i·neer·ing, adjective
- un·dom·i·neer·ing, adjective
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How to use domineering in a sentence
So, if resources are hard to defend, that guards against domineering inequality.The Math That Says Egalitarianism Is Possible - Issue 104: Harmony | Brian Gallagher | August 11, 2021 | Nautilus
For so many seasons, the loudest, most domineering chefs always seemed to run the kitchen with an iron fist during Restaurant Wars.Top Chef: Portland Was the Kindest Season Yet. Does the Finale Change That? | Elijah Wolfson | July 2, 2021 | Time
Elizabeth, a housewife and mother of six, had simply stood up to her domineering husband.Declared Insane for Speaking Up: The Dark American History of Silencing Women Through Psychiatry | Kate Moore | June 22, 2021 | Time
Both stereotypes of her as either a dutiful or domineering wife failed to see how she had struggled all her life to forge her own identity as a wife and mother but above all as herself, Ethel.How Today’s World Can Help Us See That There’s More to the Ethel Rosenberg Story | Anne Sebba | June 9, 2021 | Time
Their next ruse becomes fabricating a resume that gets Estella hired at a department store and, eventually, legitimate work for the domineering designer Baroness, who is impressed by her keen eye.Counterpoint: Disney’s Girlboss ‘Cruella’ Actually Rules | Kevin Fallon | May 28, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Allison and Cole have lost a child, his family is shady, and his mother domineering.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability | Tim Teeman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The family shared housing with the ever present and domineering Sara, who rarely had a kind word for her daughter-in-law.
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He refused to budge, and Anne retreated further from public view squashed by his bullying and domineering manner.
Norm is a symbol of implacable corporate power—preening, surgically perfected, casually domineering.
His eyes had retreated deeper into the sockets, and his thick lips, once so firm and domineering, were loose and flabby.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
The next moment his arms had snatched her up and she was looking up into his steady domineering eyes.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Only an abiding sense of humour kept him sometimes from being domineering.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
I gave you credit for domineering and prejudice, now I see it is malignity.'The Heir of Redclyffe | Charlotte M. Yonge
The other, a middle-aged, domineering man with a powerful face, looked angrily at me as I handed him my dispatch.The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
British Dictionary definitions for domineering
acting with or showing arrogance or tyranny; imperious
- domineeringly, adverb
- domineeringness, noun
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