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

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The figure of Cormery’s domineering grandmother, taking a rawhide switch to the troublemaking boy or up to her elbow in a toilet recovering a two-franc piece, is a synecdoche for the country’s intransigence and desperation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 Critics protested that a story about outsiders finding their voice had been revised to suggest outsiders and marginalized kids have become a domineering force that needs to be stopped at any cost. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "The TV reboot of Heathers was doomed from the start," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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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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