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 husbandMore example sentences
browbeat, bully, intimidate, pressurize, menace, hector, boss (about/around), push around/about, order about/around, give orders to, lord it over, tyrannize, terrorize, persecute, oppress, dictate to, be overbearing, ride roughshod over, trample on, have under one's thumb, rule with an iron hand, rule with a rod of iron, use strong-arm tactics on, impose one's will on, bend to one's will, subjugateoverbearing, authoritarian, imperious, high-handed, high and mighty, autocratic, autarchic; officious, peremptory, bossy, arrogant, haughty, masterful, forceful, coercive, bullish, dictatorial, tyrannical, draconian, despotic, controlling, oppressive, subjugating, iron-fisted, iron-handed, strict, harsh, severe• informal throwing one's weight about• rare pushful
- 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.
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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.
late 16th century: from Dutch dominieren, from French dominer, from Latin dominari (see dominate).