dom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌdä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce domination (audio) \

Definition of domination

1 : supremacy or preeminence over another
2 : exercise of mastery or ruling power
3 : exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence
4 dominations plural : dominion sense 3

Examples of domination in a Sentence

auction houses battling for domination in the high-end art market the Spanish domination of the Americas in the 16th century
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First Known Use of domination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Domination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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