Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Control or power over another or others.
  • n. The exercise of such control or power.
  • n. Christianity The fourth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology. Also called dominions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of dominating; exercise of power in ruling; dominion; supremacy; authority, often when arbitrary or insolent.
  • n. A ruling party; a party in power.
  • n. A high order of angels in the celestial hierarchy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dominating; exercise of power in ruling; dominion; supremacy; authority; often, arbitrary or insolent sway.
  • n. A ruling party; a party in power.
  • n. A high order of angels in the celestial hierarchy; -- a meaning given by the schoolmen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The exercise of power in ruling; dominion; sovereignty; lordship; government.
  • n. Control by means of superior ability, influence, position, or resources; prevailing force: as, the domination of strong minds over weak; the domination of reason over the passions.
  • n. plural An order of angels, supposed to be mentioned in two passages of the New Testament (Eph. i. 21, Col. i. 16), where the authorized version uses the word dominions.
  • n. Synonyms Rule, command.
  • n. Influence, Ascendancy, etc. See authority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. social control by dominating
  • n. power to dominate or defeat

Etymologies

From Middle English domynacion, from Old French dominaciun, from Latin dominātiō ("rule, dominion"), from dominor ("domineer; rule"); see dominate. (Wiktionary)

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