dominion

[duh-min-yuh n]
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noun

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

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·ter·do·min·ion, adjectiveself-do·min·ion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of dominions

  • The three Dominions together engaged some 40% of the German army.

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    Shock Army of the British Empire

    David Frum

    April 14, 2012

  • Yet when British troops left their African, Middle Eastern, and Asian dominions, they left behind many embryonic democracies, too.

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    What Iraq Costs Us

    Peter Beinart

    March 8, 2010

Historical Examples of dominions


British Dictionary definitions for dominions

dominions

pl n

(often capital) another term for dominations

dominion

noun

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

C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master
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Word Origin and History for dominions

dominion

n.

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.

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