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.
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.
n 1: dominance or power through legal authority; "France held
undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the
rule of Caesar" [syn: rule]
2: a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
[syn: district, territory, territorial dominion]
3: one of the self-governing nations in the British