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verb[NO OBJECT]usually as adjective domineering
Assert one's will over another in an arrogant way.‘how can I do my job with a domineering boss yelling in my ear?’
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, subjugateoverbearing, authoritarian, imperious, high-handed, high and mighty, autocratic, autarchicView synonyms
- ‘The tiger again looked so powerful, so domineering, and so strong.’
- ‘That's not a good base for a lasting and healthy relationship, and you're right, it's domineering.’
- ‘You also tend to take a know-it-all attitude and to be domineering, which others feel and resent.’
- ‘Remember to keep the desired feature in scale with the rest of your space - you don't want it to be too domineering.’
- ‘She has told the court her mother was difficult, domineering and physically and verbally abusive towards her.’
- ‘Considering that his production style is as domineering as it is remarkable, this is no easy feat.’
- ‘He was commanding, domineering, sardonic and intimidating.’
- ‘He wasn't someone she would normally be attracted to - he was a little too domineering.’
- ‘Ruthless, clinical and forever domineering they haunt a team who just can't make that final breakthrough.’
- ‘She said he was domineering and had persuaded her to go.’
- ‘How was it she could appear to be so domineering when she wanted to?’
- ‘All she wanted was him to be more domineering.’
- ‘She let her career overtake the relationship, and she's become too controlling and domineering.’
- ‘Hard and domineering, Henry could be ruthless and cruel.’
- ‘The male had to be domineering, imposing, and always taking the initiative.’
- ‘Or is it that they are so controlling and domineering that we don't know how to talk about anything else?’
- ‘She was domineering, cold, bitter and demanding, and was often called a ‘tyrant.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We all love it when he plays a scene big because he's wickedly good at it, hilarious and domineering.’
- ‘He was a crablike manoeuvrer, crafty and unreliable, domineering towards followers, ruthless towards rivals.’
Late 16th century: from Dutch dominieren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari (see dominate).
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