• IPA: /dəˈmɪnjən/, /doʊˈmɪnjən/


  1. Power or the use of power; sovereignty over something; stewardship, supremacy.
    • Bible, Daniel iv. 34
      I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion.
    • To choose between dominion or slavery.
  2. predominance; ascendancy
    • Objects placed foremost ought […] have dominion over things confused and transient.
  3. (sometimes, figurative) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
    the dominions of a king  the dominion of the passions
    • 1843 December 18, Charles Dickens, “Stave Four. The Last of the Spirits.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801 ↗, page 137 ↗:
      Oh cold, cold, rigid, dreadful Death, set up thine altar here, and dress it with such terrors as thou hast at thy command: for this is thy dominion!
  4. (biblical tradition) An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
    • Bible, Colossians 1:16
      By him were all things created […] whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.
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  • IPA: /doʊˈmɪnjən/
Proper noun
  1. Any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth.

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