dominion

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From Middle English dominion, from Middle French dominion, from Medieval Latin dominio, equiv. to Latin dominium ‎(lordship, right of ownership), from dominus ‎(lord), from domus ‎(house). See domain, demain, demesne.

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dominion ‎(plural dominions)

  1. Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
    • Bible, Daniel iv. 34
      I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion.
    • Jowett
      To choose between dominion or slavery.
  2. predominance; ascendancy
    • Dryden
      Objects placed foremost ought [] have dominion over things confused and transient.
  3. (sometimes figuratively) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
    the dominions of a king
    the dominion of the passions
  4. (historical) One of the dependencies of the British Empire given self-government and eventually independence, such as Canada, Newfoundland, or the Irish Free State.
  5. (Biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
    • Bible, Colossians 1:16
      By him were all things created [] whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.

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dominion

  1. Genitive singular form of dominio.