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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.



dominion (countable and uncountable, 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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  1. Genitive singular form of dominio.