dom·​i·​na·​tion ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce domination (audio)
: supremacy or preeminence over another
: exercise of mastery or ruling power
: exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence
dominations plural : dominion sense 3

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of domination was in the 14th century

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“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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