Definition of domineering
: inclined to exercise arbitrary and overbearing control over others
Examples of domineering in a Sentence
the younger children in the family were controlled by a domineering older sister
Recent Examples of domineering from the Web
The most striking feature of our small lives is the unavoidable, domineering presence of the plastic laundry hamper originally bought from Target in 2007.
Once again, Miss Cooper charitably intervenes — but will kindness prove enough to free the faux Major and the downtrodden Sybil from her domineering mother?
Mike’s a loose cannon with a troubled childhood making his way as a thief, Ford just got out of prison and is barely staying away from his addiction to alcohol, and Pete lives with his domineering mother while living off disability.
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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.
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DOMINEERING Defined for English Language Learners
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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