dom·​i·​na·​tion | \ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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 sense 3

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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.

Examples of domination in a Sentence

auction houses battling for domination in the high-end art market the Spanish domination of the Americas in the 16th century

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The domination of the seas by the U.S. Navy and the rise of nuclear weapons led to the disbandment of the Coast Artillery Corps in 1950. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Learning to Take Out Warships Again," 23 July 2018 Ivy League domination in the top levels of the federal government are hardly new. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "The ‘cloistered’ Harvard-Yale law monopoly on the Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 If Jenner’s social media domination was ever in question, any uncertainty was snuffed out during a period of weeks this past February. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 And tech domination is likely to become even more pronounced Thursday when social media platform Twitter is added to the large-company index. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Tech’s rising influence on 401(k) plans: pros and cons of tech's swelling weight in S&P 500," 6 June 2018 One of the reasons innovative startup smartphone makers like Essential and Nextbit have struggled to crack the U.S. market is the domination of the four major wireless carriers. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why It's So Hard for Innovative Smartphone Makers to Succeed," 5 June 2018 That domination was hardly necessary, however, thanks to an offense that opened with a home run and never let up. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 9, Brewers 0: Pittsburgh's Kuhl dominates Milwaukee ... again," 6 May 2018 The biggest downside to watching Villanova bask in the afterglow of last Monday’s domination of Michigan in the national championship game was pondering the empty months ahead. Chris Johnson,, "Year-End Awards: The Best and Worst of the 2017–18 College Basketball Season," 10 Apr. 2018 South Korea's domination of the sport is such that Da-Woon Sin, the reigning 1,500-meter world champion, failed to qualify for the country's Olympic team. Dylan Hernandez,, "Raucous crowd celebrates South Korean gold in speedskating," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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