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noun do·min·ion \də-ˈmi-nyən\

Simple Definition of dominion

  • : the power to rule : control of a country, region, etc.

  • : the land that a ruler or government controls

  • Dominion : a country that was part of the British Empire but had its own government

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dominion

  1. 1 :  domain

  2. 2 :  supreme authority :  sovereignty

  3. 3 plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

  4. 4 often capitalized :  a self-governing nation of the Commonwealth of Nations other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as chief of state

  5. 5 :  absolute ownership

Examples of dominion in a sentence

  1. The U.S. has dominion over the island.

  2. The countries fought for dominion of the territory.

  3. the dominions of the empire

Origin and Etymology of dominion

Middle English dominioun, from Middle French dominion, modification of Latin dominium, from dominus

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of dominion

power, authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence <the power to mold public opinion>. authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits <granted the authority to manage her estate>. jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits <the bureau having jurisdiction over parks>. control stresses the power to direct and restrain <you are responsible for the students under your control>. command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience <the army officer in command>. sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence <the empire extended its sway over the region>. dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority <given dominion over all the animals>.

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon <the awesome power of flowing water>. force implies the actual effective exercise of power <used enough force to push the door open>. energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work <a worker with boundless energy>. strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack <use weight training to build your strength>. might implies great or overwhelming power or strength <the belief that might makes right>.

Rhymes with dominion

DOMINION Defined for Kids


noun do·min·ion \də-ˈmin-yən\

Definition of dominion for Students

  1. 1 :  ruling or controlling power :  sovereignty <… the whole country was my own property, so that I had an undoubted right of dominion. — Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe>

  2. 2 :  a territory under the control of a ruler :  domain

Word Root of dominion

The Latin word dominus, meaning “master,” gives us the root domin. Words from the Latin dominus have something to do with being another's master. To dominate is to have power and control over as if being someone's master. A domain, or land under the control of a government, is a land with a particular master or ruler. Dominion is controlling power, similar to the power of a master over others.

Law Dictionary


noun do·min·ion \də-ˈmin-yən\

Legal Definition of dominion

  1. 1a :  supreme authority :  sovereignty b :  a territory over which such authority is exercised c often capitalized :  a self-governing nation (as Canada) of the British Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as the head of state

  2. 2 :  the power (as authority) or right (as ownership) to use or dispose of property; specifically :  absolute or exclusive use, control, ownership, or possession of property <the transferred property is placed beyond the donor's dominion and control — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.> <the bailee exercised dominion over the vehicle>

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