Domination means total control. Most comic book villains — and a few real people, too — spend their lives in pursuit of world domination.

Domination comes from the Latin word dominus, meaning "master" or "lord." This word conveys the idea not just of leadership, but of absolute, unchallengeable authority. So, just because your boss is in charge of the office doesn’t mean she engages in domination. Wait until she forces you to remove hundreds of staples by hand while she sends your coworker all the way to Costa Rica to fetch the coffee. But we hope it never comes to that.

Definitions of domination

n power to dominate or defeat

mastery, supremacy
superiority, transcendence, transcendency
the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
Type of:
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

n social control by dominating

domination of a political organization by a party boss
mastery, subordination
the act of mastering or subordinating someone
monopolisation, monopolization
domination (of a market or commodity) to the exclusion of others
Type of:
social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

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