dominate, domineer

The first of these words means "to control, govern, regulate, or tower above": "The superintendent dominated the hospital staff." "The tall pine dominated the coastline." Domineer means "to rule or govern arrogantly and tyrannically," "to regulate like a despot": "Mussolini domineered (or domineered over) his countrymen for some twenty years." Domineer has more unpleasant and unfavorable connotations than dominate, but neither suggests a happy situation for those being regulated.

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  • dominate — dominate, domineer Dominate means primarily ‘to exercise control or influence over’ and is used transitively (with an object). Domineer is a more judgemental word meaning ‘to behave in an arrogant and overbearing way’ and is often used with over… …   Modern English usage

  • domineer — dominate, domineer Dominate means primarily ‘to exercise control or influence over’ and is used transitively (with an object). Domineer is a more judgemental word meaning ‘to behave in an arrogant and overbearing way’ and is often used with over… …   Modern English usage

  • domineer — See dominate, domineer …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • domineer — Synonyms and related words: beat down, break, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, castrate, clamp down on, coerce, compel, cow, daunt, despotize, dominate, domineer over, enslave, grind, grind down, henpeck, intimidate, keep down, keep under, lord it over …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dominate — See dominate, domineer …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Domineer — Dom i*neer , v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. {Domineered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Domineering}.] [F. dominer, L. dominari: cf. OD. domineren to feast luxuriously. See {Dominate}, v. t.] To rule with insolence or arbitrary sway; to play the master; to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dominate — Dom i*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dominated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dominating}.] [L. dominatus, p. p. of dominari to dominate, fr. dominus master, lord. See {Dame}, and cf. {Domineer}.] To predominate over; to rule; to govern. A city dominated by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dominate — [v1] govern, rule boss, call the shots*, command, control, detract from, dictate, direct, domineer, eclipse, handle, have one’s way*, have upper hand*, head, hold sway over*, influence, keep under thumb*, lay down the law*, lead, lead by the… …   New thesaurus

  • domineer — index browbeat, dominate, impose (subject), prevail (be in force), repress, rule (govern) Burton s …   Law dictionary

  • domineer — [v] oppress; assume authority be in the saddle*, bend, bluster, boss around*, browbeat, bulldoze*, bully*, call the shots*, dominate, hector, henpeck*, in the driver’s seat*, intimidate, keep under thumb*, kick around*, lead by the nose*, menace …   New thesaurus

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