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 Masada, which overlooks the Dead Sea, has, over the past century, become a symbol of Jewish self-assertion and resistance to domination. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, "What Happened at Masada?," 5 Jan. 2021 The program can appear to facilitate a kind of Etonian, high-testosterone mixture of sports, bullying and other male domination themes. Janet Kinosian, Los Angeles Times, "‘Boys State’ examines the challenges to democracy through the eyes of young men," 4 Jan. 2021 This led to domination by professional investors with no ownership of farmland, Mr. Kells said. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 But that domination made for all-too-easy conclusion of G2′s greatness, without a closer questioning of why the team was rolling up such a gaudy record. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 The superstars have reigned for 209 weeks to date (through the latest, Dec. 19-dated survey), an uninterrupted domination stretching back to July 2017. Gary Trust, Billboard, "20 Record-Breaking Chart Achievements in 2020: BTS, Bad Bunny, Bruce Springsteen & More," 17 Dec. 2020 Advocates argue that people like Petlyura and Nazi collaborators such as Stepan Bandera should be celebrated for standing up to Soviet domination. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Ukrainian professor says he was fired for protesting statue of leader whose troops killed Jews," 2 Dec. 2020 Shouldn’t the two be allies in a planetary war against débutante balls, against kings and queens and empires, against the cannibalizing machinery of capital, which takes the domination of women and nature as its origin point? Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 Or when Randy Moss scored four touchdowns and destroyed two safeties’ knees on a touchdown catch in that 2007 domination of the 1-15 Dolphins. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: How do we get past the trauma caused by the Patriots? | Commentary," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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