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
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- 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.
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 overoverbearing, authoritarian, imperious, high-handed, autocratic; masterful, dictatorial, despotic, oppressive, iron-fisted, strict, harsh, bossy
late 16th century: from Dutch dominieren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari (see dominate).
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- 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.