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do·min·ion

 (də-mĭn′yən)
n.
1. Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty: "The devil ... has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion" (Jonathan Edwards).
2. A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
3. often Dominion A self-governing nation under the nominal rule of the British monarch.
4. dominions Christianity See domination.

[Middle English dominioun, from Old French dominion, from Medieval Latin dominiō, dominiōn-, from Latin dominium, property, from dominus, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.]

dominion

(dəˈmɪnjən)
n
1. rule; authority
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the land governed by one ruler or government
3. sphere of influence; area of control
4. (Historical Terms) a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
5. (Placename) theDominion New Zealand
6. (Law) law a less common word for dominium
[C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master]

do•min•ion

(dəˈmɪn yən)

n.
1. the power to govern; sovereign authority.
2. the act or fact of ruling; domination.
3. the territory subject to the control of a single ruler or government.
4. (often cap.) any of the self-governing countries outside the United Kingdom belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin dominiō, s. -iōn-, alter. of Latin dominium rule, ownership]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dominion - dominance or power through legal authoritydominion - dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance, control - the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
paramountcy - the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority
raj - British dominion over India (1757-1947)
sovereignty, reign - royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
suzerainty - the position or authority of a suzerain; "under the suzerainty of..."
2.dominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposesdominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
border district, borderland, marchland, march - district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area; "the Welsh marches between England and Wales"
city district - a district of a town or city
congressional district - a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives
development - a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments"
enclave - an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
palatinate - a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine
residential area, residential district, community - a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
goldfield - a district where gold is mined
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
mandate, mandatory - a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
associated state, protectorate - a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
possession - a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
trust territory, trusteeship - a dependent country; administered by another country under the supervision of the United Nations
British East Africa - the former British territories of eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, and Zanzibar
British West Africa - the former British territories of western Africa, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast
3.Dominion - one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

dominion

noun
1. control, government, power, rule, authority, command, sovereignty, sway, domination, jurisdiction, supremacy, mastery, ascendancy, mana (N.Z.) They believe they have dominion over us.
2. kingdom, territory, province, country, region, empire, patch, turf (U.S. slang), realm, domain The Republic is a dominion of the Brazilian people.

dominion

noun
1. The right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge:
Informal: say-so.
2. The fact of possessing or the legal right to possess something:
3. The act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled:
Translations
سَيْطَرَه، سُلْطَه
domíniumpřevahavláda
dominionherredømmemagt
domínium
yfirráî
dominija
domīnijavaldīšanavara
domínium

dominion

[dəˈmɪnɪən] N
1. (= control) → dominio m
to hold or have dominion over sbejercer dominio sobre algn
2. (Brit) (Pol) → dominio m

dominion

[dəˈmɪnjən] n
(= control) → domination f
to have dominion over → exercer une domination sur
(area of land under sb's rule)territoire m

dominion

n
no plHerrschaft f (→ over über +acc); to have dominion over somebodyMacht über jdn haben
(= territory)Herrschaftsgebiet nt; overseas dominionsüberseeische Gebiete pl; the Dominion of Canadadas Dominion Kanada

dominion

[dəˈmɪnɪən] n (rule) → dominio, sovranità; (territory) → dominio, possedimenti mpl (Brit) (Pol) → dominion m inv

dominion

(dəˈminjən) noun
1. rule or power. There was no-one left to challenge his dominion.
2. a self-governing country of the British Commonwealth. the Dominion of Canada.
References in classic literature ?
As long as any part of me remained in his dominion and in his view, the King kept exclaiming, "I see you, I see you still; you are not moving.
Of this description are the love of power or the desire of pre-eminence and dominion -- the jealousy of power, or the desire of equality and safety.
In the monarch Thought's dominion -- It stood there
There is also a third, which is, whenever a free state inclines to the dominion of a few.
1-18) I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus.
In the end, however, grasping out for ITS dominion with strong, green branches, asking weighty questions of the wind, the storm, and whatever is at home on high places;
My conduct has been equally guarded from the first, and I never behaved less like a coquette in the whole course of my life, though perhaps my desire of dominion was never more decided.
Such were avarice and ambition, which divided the dominion of his mind between them.
I asked our guides whose dominion this was in, and they told me this was a kind of border that might be called no man's land, being a part of Great Karakathy, or Grand Tartary: that, however, it was all reckoned as belonging to China, but that there was no care taken here to preserve it from the inroads of thieves, and therefore it was reckoned the worst desert in the whole march, though we were to go over some much larger.
Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue, most mighty Emperor of Lilliput, delight and terror of the universe, whose dominions extend five thousand BLUSTRUGS (about twelve miles in circumference) to the extremities of the globe; monarch of all monarchs, taller than the sons of men; whose feet press down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the sun; at whose nod the princes of the earth shake their knees; pleasant as the spring, comfortable as the summer, fruitful as autumn, dreadful as winter: his most sublime majesty proposes to the man-mountain, lately arrived at our celestial dominions, the following articles, which, by a solemn oath, he shall be obliged to perform:--
He desired us not to be under any concern at finding ourselves in a country so distant from our own, for those dominions were ours, and he and the Emperor his father would give us all the proofs we could desire of the sincerest affection.
Such dominions thus acquired are either accustomed to live under a prince, or to live in freedom; and are acquired either by the arms of the prince himself, or of others, or else by fortune or by ability.