domination

noun
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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Some may argue that these lesser nations have their chance to qualify just the same as everyone else, and that the World Cup should simply be a collection of the best against the best in a battle for world domination. SI.com, "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 Whether Teddy's suicide will change her plans for world domination remains to be seen. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' recap: Death, deception and Dolores," 17 June 2018 If the Delos Corporation is able to copy its guests, it's poised for world domination. refinery29.com, "The Hidden Meaning Of Bernard's Red Ball On Westworld," 14 May 2018 Those were the years the teams met in the American League Championship Series, back when every game was presented as a battle for world domination, when little else in the universe seemed to matter, at least according to ESPN. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "What Giants and Dodgers are missing and Yankees and Red Sox have," 11 May 2018 Somewhere, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan are passing the Infinity Stones back and forth and cackling over the effectiveness of their plan for world domination. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: It's not just Arizona – hitters seem to be slumping across MLB. What gives?," 10 May 2018 But numbers simply don’t lie, and those who wish to maintain white domination of America’s wealth and institutions know the numbers are against them. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 These theories come in a nearly infinite variety, but all reach essentially the same conclusion: The U.S. government, or some shadowy group that controls it, organized the attacks as part of a master plan for global domination. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 The Disney-Marvel movie cycle and its various subfranchises have always been haunted by dreams of global domination — something craved by emotionally stunted supervillains and, not to be redundant, box-office-hungry studio executives. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Transformations in 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Whitney'," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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