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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 ?
For several miles in this direction, the mountains appeared reluctant to yield their dominion, but within reach of the eye they diverged, and finally melted into the level and sandy lands, across which we have accompanied our adventurers in their double journey.
But he who in the rightly regal and intelligent spirit presides over his own private dinner-table of invited guests, that man's unchallenged power and dominion of individual influence for the time; that man's royalty of state transcends Belshazzar's, for Belshazzar was not the greatest.
Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that, for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.
And as nothing is ever lost in the King's Dominion, so these thoughts and wishes and hopes, being full of love and gratitude, had no power to die, but took unto themselves other shapes and lived on forever.
Then, the night, with the moon and the stars, turned pale and died, and for a little while it seemed as if Creation were delivered over to Death's dominion.
Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion.
But if, by means of charms and of spells, Satan had obtained dominion over the Knight, perchance because he cast his eyes too lightly upon a damsel's beauty, we are then rather to lament than chastise his backsliding; and, imposing on him only such penance as may purify him from his iniquity, we are to turn the full edge of our indignation upon the accursed instrument, which had so wellnigh occasioned his utter falling away.
Now, no men are greater sticklers for the arbitrary dominion of genius and talent than your artists.
Let us suppose an inhabitant of some remote and superior region, yet unskilled in the ways of men, having read and considered the precepts of the gospel, and the example of our Saviour, to come down in search of the true church: if he would not inquire after it among the cruel, the insolent, and the oppressive; among those who are continually grasping at dominion over souls as well as bodies; among those who are employed in procuring to themselves impunity for the most enormous villainies, and studying methods of destroying their fellow-creatures, not for their crimes but their errors; if he would not expect to meet benevolence, engage in massacres, or to find mercy in a court of inquisition, he would not look for the true church in the Church of Rome.
When that portentous system of abuses, the Papal dominion, was overturned, a great variety of religious sects arose in its stead in the several countries, which for many centuries before had been screwed beneath its subjection.
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.
I struggled to reason off the nervousness which had dominion over me.