Definition of domination in English:



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

    ‘evil plans for domination of the universe’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their domination could be gauged from the fact that not even a single boy found his way in the merit list.’
    • ‘Modest, sober clothing was a manifestation of reason's domination over instinct.’
    • ‘The domination of these agencies has been enabled by developments in digital technology.’
    • ‘It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope so, because no conglomerate deserves total world cyberspace domination.’
    • ‘They sense their domination of the debate in canteens, cafés and coffee bars.’
    • ‘His quiet-spoken manner hides a steely determination for domination in movie making.’
    • ‘I am yet to meet a man, in a partnership or otherwise, who doesn't exert total domination of this device.’
    • ‘Here is a woman who long ago established her total domination of an extraordinarily tough business.’
    • ‘It might sound like an early Bond film, but these people are not after world domination.’
    • ‘He is currently working on a book about the Stone Age and the evolution of human domination.’
    • ‘It was the first success for an English car and put an end to the French domination of the first two races.’
    • ‘It is not a battle for territorial domination, ideological supremacy or economic hegemony.’
    • ‘He's the sort of guy who won't be satisfied until he achieves global domination.’
    • ‘It's a sentiment which is only consolidated by their domination of their home event.’
    • ‘There are those, though, who think that comedy has now risen to a level of unhealthy domination.’
    rule, government, sovereignty, control, command, authority, power, dominion, dominance, mastery, supremacy, superiority, ascendancy, sway, influence
    tyranny, intimidation, oppression, suppression, subjugation, dictatorship
    the upper hand, the whip hand, the edge
    paramountcy, prepotence, prepotency, prepollency
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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).