Share this entry
domination Syllabification: dom·i·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdäməˈnāSH(ə)n/

Definition of domination in English:


1The exercise of control or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled: evil plans for domination of the universe
More example sentences
  • He gave ample evidence of his talent during his domination of the Scandinavian Masters.
  • It is not a battle for territorial domination, ideological supremacy or economic hegemony.
  • They sense their domination of the debate in canteens, cafés and coffee bars.
2 (dominations) (In traditional Christian angelology) the fourth highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
Example sentences
  • Dionysius established the celestial hierarchy of nine choirs: seraphim, cherubim, and thrones; dominations, virtues, and powers; principalities, archangels, and angels, the last two having a direct mission to men.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dominatio(n-), from the verb dominari (see dominate).

Definition of domination in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words