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

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But numbers simply don’t lie, and those who wish to maintain white domination of America’s wealth and institutions know the numbers are against them. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 These theories come in a nearly infinite variety, but all reach essentially the same conclusion: The U.S. government, or some shadowy group that controls it, organized the attacks as part of a master plan for global domination. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 The Disney-Marvel movie cycle and its various subfranchises have always been haunted by dreams of global domination — something craved by emotionally stunted supervillains and, not to be redundant, box-office-hungry studio executives. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Transformations in 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Whitney'," 8 July 2018 Instagram’s quest for global domination isn’t yet complete. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Facebook Launches Instagram Lite With Its Eyes Set on the Developing World," 28 June 2018 In its quest for global breakfast domination, McDonald's is testing out catering for the day’s most important meal too. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "In plot right out of 'Seinfeld' episode McDonald's selling muffin tops in some test markets," 27 June 2018 Three — Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. — are absolute locks, based on their domination of the series through 16 races. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Summer stretch provides multiple paths on road to NASCAR playoffs," 30 June 2018 Kentucky Country Day School continued its domination of girls’ high school lacrosse Thursday night, using a big first half to stake a claim to its fourth straight state title. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "KCD holds off Sacred Heart for fourth straight lacrosse title," 17 May 2018 Fresh of their Emmy domination, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back for season two—and promising big things in the new full trailer, released today. Vogue, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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