Definition of domination in English:



mass noun
  • 1The exercise of power or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled.

    ‘the imperial domination of India’
    • ‘The remaining half hour contained a predictable level of domination from the league leaders.’
    • ‘They only talk about it as an attempt at exploitation, domination and plunder.’
    • ‘His quiet-spoken manner hides a steely determination for domination in movie making.’
    • ‘It might sound like an early Bond film, but these people are not after world domination.’
    • ‘It is not a battle for territorial domination, ideological supremacy or economic hegemony.’
    • ‘I hope so, because no conglomerate deserves total world cyberspace domination.’
    • ‘Poverty is a by-product of domination of the needs of profit over the needs of people.’
    • ‘He gave ample evidence of his talent during his domination of the Scandinavian Masters.’
    • ‘It was the first success for an English car and put an end to the French domination of the first two races.’
    • ‘They sense their domination of the debate in canteens, cafés and coffee bars.’
    • ‘He is currently working on a book about the Stone Age and the evolution of human domination.’
    • ‘Modest, sober clothing was a manifestation of reason's domination over instinct.’
    • ‘Here is a woman who long ago established her total domination of an extraordinarily tough business.’
    • ‘It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs.’
    • ‘There are those, though, who think that comedy has now risen to a level of unhealthy domination.’
    • ‘I am yet to meet a man, in a partnership or otherwise, who doesn't exert total domination of this device.’
    • ‘Their domination could be gauged from the fact that not even a single boy found his way in the merit list.’
    • ‘It's a sentiment which is only consolidated by their domination of their home event.’
    • ‘The domination of these agencies has been enabled by developments in digital technology.’
    • ‘He's the sort of guy who won't be satisfied until he achieves global domination.’
    rule, government, sovereignty, control, command, authority, power, dominion, dominance, mastery, supremacy, superiority, ascendancy, sway, influence
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  • 2dominations(in traditional Christian angelology) the fourth-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.

    • ‘Dionysius established the celestial hierarchy of nine choirs: seraphim, cherubim, and thrones; dominations, virtues, and powers; principalities, archangels, and angels, the last two having a direct mission to men.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dominatio(n-), from the verb dominari (see dominate).