domination

noun
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Tony and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate SH1FT3R, an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Vin Diesel Supports Daughter, 11, at Premiere of Her New Animated Fast & Furious Netflix Series," 8 Dec. 2019 Wednesday’s hearing in Washington may focus on Facebook’s next step in total world domination, but ironically it’s Zuckerberg who employs the sort of double-speak perfected by politicians. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Note to Mark Zuckerberg: You can’t do damage control without giving straight answers," 22 Oct. 2019 The umlaut-free car-sharing service Uber, originally known as UberCab, is a related development, hinting at Silicon Valley fantasies of world domination. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 Wolfenstein’s Nazis aren’t just faceless troops of an evil empire bent on world domination, but the violent extension of toxic political ideas. Matthew Gault, Time, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review: Grab a Pal and Fight Some Nazis," 12 Aug. 2019 And Japanese knotweed is still spreading, colonizing entire habitats from Mississippi to Alaska, where only the Arctic tundra holds it back from world domination. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 The villains’ wicked plans for world domination also reflected the changing technological threat. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 Tyra Banks continues her quest for world domination! Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Tyra Banks Launches Body Positive Mini-Series, Says It Will 'Expand and Redefine the Definition of Beauty'," 17 June 2019 This is the idea that the world would divide into three totalitarian super-states that were rigidly hierarchical, in complete control of information and expression, and engaged in perpetual and unwinnable wars for world domination. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "“1984” at Seventy: Why We Still Read Orwell’s Book of Prophecy," 8 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'domination.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2020

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“Domination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domination. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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