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domineer

Syllabification: dom·i·neer
Pronunciation: /ˌdäməˈnir
 
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Definition of domineer in English:

verb

[no object] (usually as adjective domineering)
Assert one’s will over another in an arrogant way: Cathy had been a martyr to her gruff, domineering husband
More example sentences
  • He was commanding, domineering, sardonic and intimidating.
  • My husband wasn't in the least bit domineering but he was a strong man so there was no need for me to worry about bill-paying or problems.
  • The tiger again looked so powerful, so domineering, and so strong.
Synonyms
browbeat, bully, intimidate, push around/about, order about/around, lord it over;
dictate to, be overbearing, have under one's thumb, rule with a rod of iron
informal boss about/around, walk all over
masterful, dictatorial, despotic, oppressive, iron-fisted, strict, harsh, bossy

Origin

late 16th century: from Dutch dominieren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari (see dominate).

Derivatives

domineeringly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • I smiled domineeringly at him.
  • Every single instrument fed through the sound desk takes its turn at being either domineeringly loud or practically inaudible.
  • I clapped my hands domineeringly together as I hopped out of the booth.

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