domineering

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adjective dom·i·neer·ing \-ˈnir-iŋ\

Definition of domineering

  1. :  inclined to exercise arbitrary and overbearing control over others

domineeringly

adverb

domineeringness

noun

Examples of domineering in a sentence

  1. <the younger children in the family were controlled by a domineering older sister>

Did You Know?

To be domineering is to behave like a lord. (The word lordly doesn't express quite the same thing.) Someone who tells you what you can wear or what friends you can spend time with could be called domineering; so could someone who always decides what you're going to do with your free time. Those of us who grow up with a domineering parent usually flee as soon as we're old enough.

1588

First Known Use of domineering

1588

Synonym Discussion of domineering

masterful, domineering, imperious, peremptory, imperative mean tending to impose one's will on others. masterful implies a strong personality and ability to act authoritatively her masterful personality soon dominated the movement. domineering suggests an overbearing or arbitrary manner and an obstinate determination to enforce one's will children controlled by domineering parents. imperious implies a commanding nature or manner and often suggests arrogant assurance an imperious executive used to getting his own way. peremptory implies an abrupt dictatorial manner coupled with an unwillingness to brook disobedience or dissent given a peremptory dismissal. imperative implies peremptoriness arising more from the urgency of the situation than from an inherent will to dominate an imperative appeal for assistance.

DOMINEERING Defined for English Language Learners

domineering

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adjective dom·i·neer·ing \-ˈnir-iŋ\

Definition of domineering for English Language Learners

  • : tending too often to tell people what to do : often trying to control the behavior of others



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