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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The brief previous period of friendship between Moscow and Beijing in the 1950s was based on shared Communist ideology—and ended once Mao began to chafe at Soviet domination following Stalin’s death. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 Poland spent decades under Soviet domination after the war and wasn't able to seek damages independently. Fox News, "Poland totals WWII occupation's cost amid Germany claim talk," 31 Aug. 2018 But beneath the surface, there is a perpetual simmering resentment of cultural, economic, and political domination by the Colossus to the South, the not-so-civil United States. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Insults Are Bringing Out Canada’s Inner Fiery Nationalism," 12 June 2018 The range loss would be offset by the U.S. Navy’s total domination of the seas, allowing its carriers to operate closer to shore. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Will Build the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Carrier-Based Tanker Drone," 4 Sep. 2018 But Fortnite did not accomplish world domination on its own. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "In 2018, Ninja became Twitch’s first mainstream star," 20 Dec. 2018 Such domination exists primarily because the indexing field attracts few new major entrants. John C. Bogle, WSJ, "Bogle Sounds a Warning on Index Funds," 29 Nov. 2018 Critics including his Democratic opponent, Ted Cummings, and Republican Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich have called the document a guideline for Christian domination. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Washington lawmaker faces blowback over biblical document," 3 Nov. 2018 But curly hair tends to have a mind of its own and sometimes doesn't want to cooperate with your plans for curl domination. Allure, "The 14 Best Gels for Curly Hair," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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