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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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