Definition of domineer in English:



  • Assert one's will over another in an arrogant way.

    ‘Cathy had been a martyr to her gruff, domineering husband’
    • ‘You also tend to take a know-it-all attitude and to be domineering, which others feel and resent.’
    • ‘She has told the court her mother was difficult, domineering and physically and verbally abusive towards her.’
    • ‘Remember to keep the desired feature in scale with the rest of your space - you don't want it to be too domineering.’
    • ‘She let her career overtake the relationship, and she's become too controlling and domineering.’
    • ‘He wasn't someone she would normally be attracted to - he was a little too domineering.’
    • ‘Considering that his production style is as domineering as it is remarkable, this is no easy feat.’
    • ‘He was commanding, domineering, sardonic and intimidating.’
    • ‘Or is it that they are so controlling and domineering that we don't know how to talk about anything else?’
    • ‘The tiger again looked so powerful, so domineering, and so strong.’
    • ‘He was a crablike manoeuvrer, crafty and unreliable, domineering towards followers, ruthless towards rivals.’
    • ‘That's not a good base for a lasting and healthy relationship, and you're right, it's domineering.’
    • ‘All she wanted was him to be more domineering.’
    • ‘She was domineering, cold, bitter and demanding, and was often called a ‘tyrant.’’
    • ‘Ruthless, clinical and forever domineering they haunt a team who just can't make that final breakthrough.’
    • ‘How was it she could appear to be so domineering when she wanted to?’
    • ‘My husband wasn't in the least bit domineering but he was a strong man so there was no need for me to worry about bill-paying or problems.’
    • ‘She said he was domineering and had persuaded her to go.’
    • ‘The male had to be domineering, imposing, and always taking the initiative.’
    • ‘We all love it when he plays a scene big because he's wickedly good at it, hilarious and domineering.’
    • ‘Hard and domineering, Henry could be ruthless and cruel.’
    overbearing, authoritarian, imperious, high-handed, high and mighty, autocratic, autarchic
    officious, peremptory, bossy, arrogant, haughty, masterful, forceful, coercive, bullish, dictatorial, tyrannical, draconian, despotic, controlling, oppressive, subjugating, iron-fisted, iron-handed, strict, harsh, severe
    throwing one's weight about
    browbeat, bully, intimidate, pressurize, menace, hector, boss, boss about, boss around, push about, push around, order about, order around, give orders to, lord it over, tyrannize, terrorize, persecute, oppress, dictate to, be overbearing, ride roughshod over, trample on, have under one's thumb, rule with an iron hand, rule with a rod of iron, use strong-arm tactics on, impose one's will on, bend to one's will, subjugate
    bulldoze, walk all over, railroad, lean on, put the screws on, strong-arm, squeeze
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Late 16th century: from Dutch dominieren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari (see dominate).