domineer

verb
dom·​i·​neer | \ ˌdä-mə-ˈnir How to pronounce domineer (audio) \
domineered; domineering; domineers

Definition of domineer

intransitive verb

: to exercise arbitrary or overbearing control

transitive verb

: to tyrannize over

Examples of domineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web La Vecchia Signora were at their domineering best for the first time in what feels like forever. SI.com, 28 Sep. 2019 There, Ned is raised by his domineering mother, Ellen (The Babadook’s Essie Davis, who’s married to Kurzel in real life), once his Irish-convict father, Red (Ben Corbett), exits the picture. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2020 Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 The developments have added to fears about China’s domineering presence in the Pacific. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2019 Rey’s ascension to the central role in Star Wars (replete with the late Carrie Fisher’s zombie-like yet domineering Leia and Laura Dern’s stern Vice Admiral Holdo) proves that everyone now feels The Force and its contagion: non-binary marketing. Armond White, National Review, 20 Dec. 2019 We were concerned that Sharon was domineering, but Catherine professed to be happy. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2019 Along the way, Welts became keenly aware of Stern’s domineering ways. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, 19 Jan. 2020 We were concerned that Sharon was domineering, but Catherine professed to be happy. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of domineer

1591, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for domineer

Dutch domineren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari

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“Domineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domineer. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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