Meaning of domineering


Domineering describes a person who is arrogant and bossy, like a military dictator or a really mean mom.

Someone who is strong-willed and overbearing can be described as domineering, like a teacher who fiercely intimidates her students into sitting quietly, never daring to speak up. Parents who say sternly to their kids, “Because I say so, that’s why,” are speaking in a domineering way. The word domineering comes from the Latin root dominari, “to rule or ‘lord’ it over.”

Definitions of domineering
  1. adjective

    tending to domineer


    authoritarian, dictatorial, overbearing

    expecting unquestioning obedience
    autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory

    offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
    blustery, bullying

    noisily domineering; tending to browbeat others
    cavalier, high-handed

    given to haughty disregard of others
    heavy-handed, roughshod

    unjustly domineering
    oppressive, tyrannical, tyrannous

    marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

    having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
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    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination

    inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence

    showing humiliation or submissiveness
    bowed, bowing

    showing an excessively deferential manner
    meek, spiritless

    evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant
    cringing, groveling, grovelling, wormlike, wormy

    totally submissive
    dominated, henpecked

    harassed by persistent nagging

    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
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