Dominion meaning

də-mĭn'yən
A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
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Dominion is defined as control or power over, or the authority to rule.

When a king has power over a certain territory, this is an example of a situation where a king has dominion over that territory.

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(sometimes figuratively) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.

The dominions of a king.

The dominion of the passions.

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Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty.
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A self-governing nation under the nominal rule of the British monarch.
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Rule or power to rule; sovereign authority; sovereignty.
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A governed territory or country.
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A name formerly used for certain self-governing nations of the Commonwealth.
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Ownership; dominium.
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Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
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(historical) One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
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(Biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
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Any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth.
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Origin of dominion

  • Middle English dominioun from Old French dominion from Medieval Latin dominiō dominiōn- from Latin dominium property from dominus lord dem- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary