Definition of domination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdäməˈnāSH(ə)n/


1The exercise of control or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled: evil plans for domination of the universe
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  • 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.
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  • 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).

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Syllabification: dom·i·na·tion

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