Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The exercise of power in ruling; dominion; sovereignty; lordship; government.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Synonyms Rule, command.
  • noun Influence, Ascendancy, etc. See authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun social control by dominating
  • noun power to dominate or defeat

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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