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

Examples of domineer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web La Vecchia Signora were at their domineering best for the first time in what feels like forever., "Juventus 2-0 SPAL: Report, Ratings & Reaction as La Vecchia Signora Find Their Mojo," 28 Sep. 2019 There, Ned is raised by his domineering mother, Ellen (The Babadook’s Essie Davis, who’s married to Kurzel in real life), once his Irish-convict father, Red (Ben Corbett), exits the picture. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ director, stars on their hypnotic outlaw saga," 23 Apr. 2020 Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Rise of the Coronavirus Nature Genre," 17 Apr. 2020 The developments have added to fears about China’s domineering presence in the Pacific., "BEIJING — In its contest with the United States for influence in the Pacific, China is quickly gaining momentum.," 21 Sep. 2019 Rey’s ascension to the central role in Star Wars (replete with the late Carrie Fisher’s zombie-like yet domineering Leia and Laura Dern’s stern Vice Admiral Holdo) proves that everyone now feels The Force and its contagion: non-binary marketing. Armond White, National Review, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 We were concerned that Sharon was domineering, but Catherine professed to be happy. Amy Dickinson,, "Ask Amy: Parents fret about daughter's abusive relationship," 29 Sep. 2019 Along the way, Welts became keenly aware of Stern’s domineering ways. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Rick Welts forged bond with David Stern that lasted to his final days," 19 Jan. 2020 We were concerned that Sharon was domineering, but Catherine professed to be happy. Amy Dickinson,, "Ask Amy: Parents fret about daughter's abusive relationship," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Domineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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