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 domination stands as the longest of their 20 No. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Chart Rewind: In 2001, 'Nothing' Was Bigger Than Brooks & Dunn," 28 Apr. 2021 This domination of the international market has given us an advantage at a time when there are state restrictions, the demand is seriously narrowed and the plans change instantly. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, "Turkish Airlines Sets The Gold Standard For Aviation," 21 Apr. 2021 Instead, the hateful eight nominees are all about coterie rule, same as the one-party domination of our executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Armond White, National Review, "The Reeducation Oscars," 17 Mar. 2021 The global race to electric car market domination will come down to the Californian upstart and the German industrial giant, according to UBS. Charles Riley, CNN, "Volkswagen could soon steal Tesla's crown," 16 Mar. 2021 The iconography of witches with their pointy hats and cauldrons has endured, as has men’s domination of the beer industry: The top 10 beer companies in the world are headed by male CEOs and have mostly male board members. Laken Brooks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Women Dominated Beer Brewing Until They Were Accused of Being Witches," 8 Mar. 2021 As such, the measure would slide right onto a sled of bills reflecting conservative ideological domination of the Legislature. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida bills target Chinese ‘mass infiltration and theft of American research’," 3 Mar. 2021 No new words from Joe Morgan will illuminate remembrances of the Big Red Machine’s domination of the National League in the mid-1970s. The Salt Lake Tribune, "That 70s Show: Loss by loss, a unique era of baseball fades," 22 Feb. 2021 Drawing on his own experiences as a beneficiary and victim of colonialism, Said claimed that Europe’s colonial domination in the Middle East did not rely merely on military or political might. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, "The Lost Worlds of Edward Said," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2021

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“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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