Definition of dominion
1 : domain
2 law : supreme authority : sovereignty having dominion over the natural world
3 dominions plural, Christianity : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
5 law : absolute ownership
Examples of dominion in a Sentence
The U.S. has dominion over the island.
The countries fought for dominion of the territory.
the dominions of the empire
Recent Examples of dominion from the Web
The conquest of Der Ezzor, the administrative capital of eastern Syria, would ensure Assad's dominion over the east, at least below the Euphrates.
Christians are called to be both dominions over the earth and be stewards of it, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Al Mohler said on his podcast on Friday.
Or did the notions that fed the circus die off in a nation that once gloried in the reach of empire, with strange creatures on display to certify Western Man's dominion over Earth?
Tied to that discovery was the amazing theory that, after humankind, rats or ants would take over the dominion of the world.
The war tripled Israel’s landmass overnight and gave it dominion over the lives of more than a million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
By this time, Louisiana had transferred to American dominion, and the commons became federal property.
And then, with the universities in thrall, with control of the apparatus of the state (and the education bureaucracy), the right would have dominion over a once-free people.
Each signal has a control length, showing how far its dominion extends down the tunnel, as well as lights that flash a green, yellow and red, to indicate a surprisingly large number of conditions.
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The ruler of a region has dominion over it, and the area itself may be called the ruler's dominion. In the days of the British Empire, England had dominion over many countries throughout the world. Though Canada has been quite independent of Great Britain since the 19th century, it was generally referred to as the Dominion of Canada in official documents until at least the 1950s. The word has an old-fashioned sound today, and probably shows up in history books, historical novels, and fantasy video games more often than in discussions of modern nations.
Synonym Discussion of dominion
DOMINION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dominion for English Language Learners
: the power to rule : control of a country, region, etc.
: the land that a ruler or government controls
Dominion : a country that was part of the British Empire but had its own government
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Word Root of dominion
The Latin word dominus, meaning “master,” gives us the root domin. Words from the Latin dominus have something to do with being another's master. To dominate is to have power and control over as if being someone's master. A domain, or land under the control of a government, is a land with a particular master or ruler. Dominion is controlling power, similar to the power of a master over others.
Legal Definition of dominion
1a : supreme authority : sovereignty b : a territory over which such authority is exercised c often capitalized : a self-governing nation (as Canada) of the British Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as the head of state
2 : the power (as authority) or right (as ownership) to use or dispose of property; specifically : absolute or exclusive use, control, ownership, or possession of property the transferred property is placed beyond the donor's dominion and control — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. the bailee exercised dominion over the vehicle
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