dom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce domination (audio) \

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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auction houses battling for domination in the high-end art market the Spanish domination of the Americas in the 16th century
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, only Antonio Brown stood between the Bengals and abject media domination. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2022 Vasto also fell under domination by other invaders, including the Lombards and Normans, and was later part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. John Mariani, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Her analysis of Martha Stewart’s popularity in a 2000 piece for the New Yorker poked through the façade of homemaking superwoman to reveal a brand built not on cozy dinner parties but corporate domination. Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s ebullient apostle of racial justice and reconciliation who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against the system of white domination known as apartheid, died Sunday in Cape Town. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 But this year, that domination wasn’t just on the court or on the field. Ineye Komonibo,, 16 Dec. 2021 For so many years in the feminist movement, women were saying that gender is the only aspect of identity that really matters, that domination only came into the world because of rape. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2021 But as a governor with a keen sense of the political winds, in a state where Republican domination remains complete, his ban on vaccine mandates was in keeping with his penchant for reading the moment. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2021 Here again, while popular discontent is real and Iran is learning that domination through oppression and assassinations is never-ending hard work, Tehran will continue to deploy all tools, including violence, to maintain its grip. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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