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 The Empire put together a fight in the first round of domination in map three, making for funky spawns and flag trading. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Three takeaways: Atlanta FaZe shows its class with sweep of Dallas Empire," 25 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg spoke in the back of a small restaurant in a heavily Latino area a few miles east of downtown Phoenix, the type of community that has helped propel Democrats to success after decades of Republican domination in Arizona. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Denver Post, "Bloomberg: U.S. would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants," 26 Nov. 2019 The truce is broken, our politics has descended into restrained (for now) tribal warfare, and the presidency has been remade into a weapon of mass domination. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Impeachment and the Broken Truce," 14 Nov. 2019 Nick Saban has broken college football, and this weekend could be the most emphatic evidence of that complete and total domination in the last decade. Joseph Goodman |, al, "It’s an Alabama showcase on Texas’ big weekend," 9 Oct. 2019 Adding players, researching and picking up players to stream is a critical part of fantasy domination. Frankie Taddeo,, "Top Fantasy Football Streaming Options for Week 1," 4 Sep. 2019 But the invasion of Poland wasn’t the first time German forces had been put to work for Hitler’s goal of European domination. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Invasion of Poland Wasn't Hitler's First Aggression. Here's Why That Move Marked the Beginning of WWII," 30 Aug. 2019 Speaking of box office domination, Disney's Marvel is now the new all-time box office champion. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "With Lion King and Avengers, Disney Rules the Box Office," 22 July 2019 Increased levels of broadband internet penetration in developing countries has aided the company’s quest for world streaming domination (as has more investment in local productions worldwide). Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Feb 2020

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“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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