dom·i·neer | \ˌdä-mə-ˈnir \

Definition of domineer 

intransitive verb

: to exercise arbitrary or overbearing control

transitive verb

: to tyrannize over

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There is also rebellion in the way Moll cultivates this new romance, aimed at her domineering mother (Geraldine James). Gary Thompson,, "No beauty, just 'Beast' in this creepy British thriller," 16 May 2018 Trump is domineering his strategy regarding the expanding investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in effect acting as his own lawyer. Philip Rucker And Robert Costa,, "'Tired of the wait game': White House stabilizers gone, Trump calling his own shots," 1 Apr. 2018 Fiery orange azaleas shout out among the domineering rhododendrons. Michael J. Bailey,, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Kaleidoscope: Toby Jones stars as a mild-mannered man just released from prison who can't escape his domineering mother. Chris Ball,, "Diane Kruger stars in 'In the Fade,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 8 May 2018 This version of the Cinderella story sets the gentle, patient heroine against the comic grotesqueries of her domineering stepmother and twit-like stepsisters. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 There’s also his father, played as an abusive, domineering patriarch by Bruce Dern. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Eternal Return of the Kennedys," 30 Apr. 2018 Orban's government exercises subtle yet domineering control over the judiciary and the media. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How Viktor Orban became the real threat to the West," 6 Apr. 2018 Projecting strength, control and power, whether as a New York developer or domineering reality television host, has always been vital to Mr. Trump. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels," 18 Mar. 2018

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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