Definitions for: Dominion


[n] a territorial possession controlled by a ruling state
[n] dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"



Webster (1913) Definition: Do*min"ion, n. [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.

By him were all things created . . . whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.
--Col. i. 16.

Syn: Sovereignty; control; rule; authority; jurisdiction;
government; territory; district; region.

Synonyms: province, rule, territorial dominion, territory

See Also: American Virgin Islands, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, British Virgin Islands, control, dominance, Faeroe Islands, Faeroes, Faroe Islands, Faroes, French Oceania, French Polynesia, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Macao, Macau, mandate, mandatory, Palestine, paramountcy, possession, raj, reign, sovereignty, suzerainty, trust territory, trusteeship, United States Virgin Islands, VI

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