[syn: district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion]
3. one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dominion \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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: dominance or power through legal authority; "France held
undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule
of Caesar" [syn: dominion, 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 Commonwealth
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
189 Moby Thesaurus words for "dominion":
acme, administration, ally, ambit, antecedence, antecedency,
anteposition, anteriority, archduchy, archdukedom, area, arena,
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendant, authority, authorization,
bailiwick, balance of power, be-all and end-all, beat, blue ribbon,
body politic, border, borderland, buffer state, captive nation,
champaign, championship, chieftaincy, chieftainry, circle, circuit,
city-state, claws, clutches, colony, command, commonweal,
commonwealth, control, country, county, demesne, department,
directorship, disposition, domain, dominance, dominancy,
domination, dominium, duchy, dukedom, earldom, effectiveness,
eminent domain, empery, empire, field, first place, first prize,
free city, front position, governance, government, grand duchy,
grasp, grip, gripe, hand, hands, headship, hegemony, height, helm,
hemisphere, highest, hold, imperium, influence, iron hand,
judicial circuit, jurisdiction, kingdom, kingship, land,
land tenure, landholding, landownership, landowning, leadership,
lordship, management, mandant, mandate, mandated territory,
mandatee, mandatory, march, masterdom, mastership, mastery,
maximum, most, nation, nationality, ne plus ultra, new high, orb,
orbit, overlordship, ownership, pale, palms, paramountcy, polis,
polity, possession, possessorship, power, precedence, precedency,
preceding, precession, precinct, precursor, predominance,
predominancy, predomination, preeminence, preference, prefixation,
prelude, preponderance, prepotence, prepotency, presidency,
primacy, principality, principate, priority, property, proprietary,
proprietorship, protectorate, prothesis, province,
puppet government, puppet regime, raj, realm, record, region,
regnancy, reign, reins of government, republic, round, rule,
satellite, say, seigniory, seneschalty, settlement,
sovereign nation, sovereignty, sphere, state, sultanate,
superiority, superpower, supremacy, suzerainship, suzerainty, sway,
talons, terrain, territory, the lead, top priority, top spot,
toparchia, toparchy, upper hand, urgency, walk, whip hand,