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Dominion

Do-min′ion

,
Noun.
[LL.
dominio
, equiv. to L.
dominium
. See
Domain
,
Dungeon
.]
1.
Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy.
I praised and honored him that liveth forever, whose
dominion
is an everlasting
dominion
.
Dan. iv. 34.
To choose between
dominion
or slavery.
Jowett (Thucyd. ).
2.
Superior prominence; predominance; ascendency.
Objects placed foremost ought . . . have
dominion
over things confused and transient.
Dryden.
3.
That which is governed; territory over which authority is exercised; the tract, district, or county, considered as subject;
as, the
dominions
of a king
. Also used figuratively;
as, the
dominion
of the passions
.
4.
pl.
A supposed high order of angels; dominations. See
Domination
, 3.
Milton.
Syn. – Sovereignty; control; rule; authority; jurisdiction; government; territory; district; region.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dominion

DOMINION

,
Noun.
[L. See Dominant.]
1.
Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling.
The dominion of the Most High is an everlasting dominion. Daniel 4.
2.
Power to direct, control, use and dispose of at pleasure; right of possession and use without being accountable; as the private dominion of individuals.
3.
Territory under a government; region; country; district governed, or within the limits of the authority of a prince or state; as the British dominions.
4.
Government; right of governing. Jamaica is under the dominion of Great Britain.
5.
Predominance; ascendant.
6.
An order of angels.
Whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. Colossians 1.
7.
Persons governed.
Judah was his sanctuary; Israel his dominion. Psalm 114.

Definition 2022


Dominion

Dominion

See also: dominion

English

Proper noun

Dominion

  1. Any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth.

dominion

dominion

See also: Dominion

English

Noun

dominion (plural dominions)

  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.
    • Jowett
      To choose between dominion or slavery.
  2. predominance; ascendancy
    • Dryden
      Objects placed foremost ought [] have dominion over things confused and transient.
  3. (sometimes figuratively) A kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence; governed territory.
    the dominions of a king
    the dominion of the passions
  4. (historical) One of the dependencies of the British Empire given self-government and eventually independence, such as Canada, Newfoundland, or the Irish Free State.
  5. (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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Translations

External links

  • dominion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • dominion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Finnish

Noun

dominion

  1. Genitive singular form of dominio.