domination

noun dom·i·na·tion \ ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of domination

1 : supremacy or preeminence over another
2 : exercise of mastery or ruling power
3 : exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence
4 dominations plural : dominion 3

Examples of domination in a Sentence

  1. auction houses battling for domination in the high-end art market

  2. the Spanish domination of the Americas in the 16th century

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When Should You Use domination?

Domination may sound like something that's achieved by military force. The total domination of Europe, for example, has never been achieved: The Roman empire could never fully dominate the northern Germanic tribes; Napoleon couldn't conquer Spain; and although Adolf Hitler was briefly dominant over most of the continent, he never managed to overpower England. But the word's earliest appearances don't necessarily involve physical force; Chaucer, for instance, speaks of a mind's domination by strong drink. So we may observe that a great tennis player has continued his domination of the world's courts this season, or that the domination of popular music by rock and roll was obvious by the end of the 1950s.

First Known Use of domination

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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