from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty: "The devil . . . has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion” ( Jonathan Edwards).
- n. A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
- n. One of the self-governing nations within the British Commonwealth.
- n. Christianity See domination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. power or the use of power; sovereignty over something.
- n. a kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence.
- n. One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
- n. An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy.
- n. Superior prominence; predominance; ascendency.
- n. That which is governed; territory over which authority is exercised; the tract, district, or county, considered as subject. Also used figuratively.
- n. A supposed high order of angels; dominations. See Domination, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lordship; sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; empire: as, a territory under the dominion of a foreign power.
- n. The right of uncontrolled possession, use, and disposal; power of control.
- n. A territory and people subject to a specific government or control; a domain: as, the dominions of Prussia.
- n. plural Same as dominations. See domination, 3.
- n. Synonyms Sovereignty, sway, control, rule, mastery, ascendancy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
- n. one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
- n. dominance or power through legal authority
Princes] _shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion_.
So, the term dominion shouldn't be obscure at best to your students.
In terms of taking dominion, we don't - we wouldn't want to - we use the word dominion, but we wouldn't want to say that we have dominion as if we're the owners or we're the rulers of, let's say, the arts and entertainment mountain.
One of the things I love most about the politicians that run this fair dominion is how, at their discretion, they can make up their own history as they go along.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away,
Burgundy joined to Provence — a dominion from the German Ocean to the Mediterranean!
“And how can I but give him way to me, seeing that he is set in dominion over me and that the reins of my affair be in his hand?” — “His dominion over thee lieth in the duties thou owest him; wherefore, an thou give him his due, he hath no farther dominion over thee.”
A parent certainly has the right to control the behavior of a child, but this dominion is fated to weaken with every day.
The time when ruling powers could threaten their way to dominion is gone forever.
In the recreational game of Risk, world dominion is the goal.