- 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. ).]
- Superior prominence; predominance; ascendency."Objects placed foremost ought . . . have dominion over things confused and transient." [Dryden.]
- 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.
- pl.A supposed high order of angels; dominations. See Domination, 3."By him were all things created . . . whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers." [Col. i. 16.]synonyms: Sovereignty; control; rule; authority; jurisdiction; government; territory; district; region.
Etymology: LL. dominio, equiv. to L. dominium. See Domain Dungeon