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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Xi’s Made in China 2025 roadmap for global technological domination raised U.S. ire. Washington Post, "Modi, Resist the Urge to Be India’s Xi Jinping," 18 Sep. 2019 In the comics, Shang-Chi’s father was a super-villain called Fu Manchu, who spends most of his time plotting evil schemes of world domination. Jane Li, Quartzy, "Why China is angry about Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie," 22 July 2019 In one deepfake, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be speaking about global domination on CBS News' digital platform CBSN. CBS News, "New software designed to help media detect deepfakes – but it's just a "drop in the bucket"," 17 June 2019 Ohio State Last week: 6 Last game: Beat Indiana 51–10 Next game: Saturday vs. Miami (Ohio) Another Buckeyes’ domination. Ross Dellenger,, "The Rundown: A Week 3 Light on Flashy Matchups Still Manages to Deliver," 15 Sep. 2019 The back-alley whipping included four Jake Luton touchdown passes, miles of blue sky, and the total annihilation and domination of an FCS opponent by a Pac-12 team. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State football blowout victory was a $600,000 bargain," 14 Sep. 2019 The linking ideology could be called Market Social Darwinism, and its practice focuses on competition and domination. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 Though most people only a few decades ago believed that social and economic inequalities were unfair, the transformation in the manner in which power and domination have come to be perceived means that this is no longer the case. Ajay Gudavarthy, Quartz India, "Neoliberalism is killing the very idea of citizenship in India," 2 Sep. 2019 All the emotions suppressed by four years of German domination surged through the people. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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