When a king has power over a certain territory, this is an example of a situation where a king has dominion over that territory.
- rule or power to rule; sovereign authority; sovereignty
- a governed territory or country
- [D-] a name formerly used for certain self-governing nations of the Commonwealth (sense )
- Law ownership; dominium
Origin of dominionMiddle English dominioun from Medieval Latin dominio from Classical Latin dominus: see dominate
- Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty: “The devil … has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion” ( Jonathan Edwards )
- A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
- often Dominion A self-governing nation under the nominal rule of the British monarch.
- dominions Christianity See domination.
Origin of dominionMiddle English dominioun from Old French dominion from Medieval Latin dominiō dominiōn- from Latin dominium property from dominus lord ; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
- Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
- predominance; ascendancy
- (sometimes figuratively) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
- the dominions of a king
- the dominion of the passions
- (historical) One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
- (Biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
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.