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 demain, demesne, domain, dominium.
- Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Daniel 4:34, column 1:
- And at the end of the dayes, I Nebuchad-nezzar lift vp mine eyes vnto heauen, and mine vnderſtanding returned vnto me, and I bleſſed the moſt high, and I praiſed, and honoured him that liueth for euer, whoſe dominion is an euerlaſting dominion, and his kingdome is from generation to generation.
- 1881, Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides Translated into English
- To choose between dominion or slavery.
- predominance; ascendancy
- Objects placed foremost ought […] have dominion over things which are confus'd and transient.
- (sometimes figuratively) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
- the dominions of a king the dominion of the passions
- 1843 December 19, Charles Dickens, “Stave Four. The Last of the Spirits.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801, page 137:
- 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!
- (taxonomy) kingdom
- (biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above virtues and below thrones.
- Synonym: domination
- dominion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- dominion in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Genitive singular form of dominio.
dominion m (plural dominions)
- a dominion
The use of dominions as indefinite plural may be from Danish via Riksmål.
- a dominion
- “dominion” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
dominion n (plural dominioane)