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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My Life as a Rat is one of those gems, with Violet the vehicle for several explorations, including the ways vulnerable girls and young women can fall prey to domineering men and how loyalty to family can lead to betrayal of the self. Dallas News, "Joyce Carol Oates is at the height of her powers with 'My Life as a Rat'," 1 July 2019 One licenses domineering technocracy; the other, cruder forms of authoritarianism. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Gemini’s duplicitous planetary ruler, Mercury, enters emotionally domineering Cancer on Tuesday, June 4. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's June Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Meanwhile, domineering, even mercurial male leaders are expected and accepted. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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