Domineering describes a person who is arrogant and bossy, like a military dictator or a really mean mom.

Someone who is strong-willed and overbearing can be described as domineering, like a teacher who fiercely intimidates her students into sitting quietly, never daring to speak up. Parents who say sternly to their kids, "Because I say so, that's why," are speaking in a domineering way. The word domineering comes from the Latin root dominari, "to rule or 'lord' it over."

Definitions of domineering

adj tending to domineer

authoritarian, dictatorial, overbearing
expecting unquestioning obedience
autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory
offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
blustery, bullying
noisily domineering; tending to browbeat others
cavalier, high-handed
given to haughty disregard of others
heavy-handed, roughshod
unjustly domineering
oppressive, tyrannical, tyrannous
marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence
showing humiliation or submissiveness
bowed, bowing
showing an excessively deferential manner
meek, spiritless
evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant
cringing, groveling, grovelling, wormlike, wormy
totally submissive
dominated, henpecked
harassed by persistent nagging
dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
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