- the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
- rule; control; domination.
- a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
- lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
- Government. a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, as Canada and New Zealand.
- dominions, Theology. domination(def 3).
Origin of dominion
Related Words for dominioncontrol, domain, regimentation, jurisdiction, terrain, walk, supremacy, sphere, regiment, seniority, empire, management, realm, district, field, prerogative, commission, state, privilege, sovereignty
Examples from the Web for dominion
Contemporary Examples of dominion
As for money, “we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies.”Pope Francis Declares Consumers and Capitalists Need to Help the Poor
November 26, 2013
The plants operated by Dominion will primarily use leftovers from nearby timbering work for the biomass fuel.Dominion Completes Conversion of Coal Plant to Biomass in Virginia
July 19, 2013
Recently Republican-dominated, today the Dominion State has two centrist Democrat senators, and Obama has won the state twice.Memo to the GOP: It’s Time to Listen to Your Elders
May 29, 2013
After that, Williams says, the CIA ordered her to Dominion Hospital.Lynnae Williams: The CIA Spy Who Tweets
March 29, 2012
Having spent a lot of time in conservative churches, one of the first questions I get is about dominion.Santorum Obliquely Suggests Obama Worships Earth, Not God
February 21, 2012
Historical Examples of dominion
John had been under her dominion, and proceeded to persuade her.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He must get the dominion over circumstance, or circumstance must get the dominion over him.The Conquest of Fear
It contemplates his dominion as infinite, and his will as the law of nature and of nations.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
We have risen with him, and death has henceforth no dominion over us.Miracles of Our Lord
It towers above me with a cone-shaped top, a figure of might and dominion.Mountain Meditations
- rule; authority
- the land governed by one ruler or government
- sphere of influence; area of control
- a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
- theDominion New Zealand
- law a less common word for dominium
Word Origin for dominion
early 15c., from Old French dominion "dominion, rule, power," from Medieval Latin dominionem (nominative dominio), corresponding to Latin dominium "property, ownership," from dominus (see domination).
British sovereign colonies often were called dominions, hence the Dominion of Canada, the formal title after the 1867 union, and Old Dominion, the popular name for the U.S. state of Virginia, first recorded 1778.