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

  • adjective Arrogant in asserting or attempting to assert one's will over others; overbearing. synonym: dictatorial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Overbearing.

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

  • adjective Ruling arrogantly; overbearing.

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

  • verb Present participle of domineer.
  • adjective overbearing, dictatorial or authoritarian

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

  • adjective tending to domineer


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  • Shakespeare adapted this word into English from the Dutch verb "domineren."

    Love's Labor Lost, Act 3, Scene 1:

    "A domineering pedant o'er the boy."

    September 2, 2009