Domineering vs. Overbearing - What's the difference?


  • Domineering

    Domineering (also called Stop-Gate or Crosscram) is a mathematical game played on a sheet of graph paper, with any set of designs traced out. For example, it can be played on a 6×6 square, a checkerboard, an entirely irregular polygon, or any combination thereof. Two players have a collection of dominoes which they place on the grid in turn, covering up squares. One player, Left, plays tiles vertically, while the other, Right, plays horizontally. As in most games in combinatorial game theory, the first player who cannot move loses. Domineering is a partisan game, in that players use different pieces: the impartial version of the game is Cram.


  • Domineering (verb)

    present participle of domineer

  • Domineering (adjective)

    overbearing, dictatorial or authoritarian

  • Domineering (noun)

    The act of one who domineers.

  • Overbearing (adjective)

    Overly bossy, domineering, or arrogant.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Overbearing (adjective)

    unpleasantly overpowering

    "an overbearing, ill-tempered brute"

Webster Dictionary

  • Domineering (adjective)

    Ruling arrogantly; overbearing.

  • Overbearing (adjective)

    Overpowering; subduing; repressing.

  • Overbearing (adjective)

    Aggressively haughty; arrogant; domineering; tyrannical; dictatorial; insolent.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Domineering (adjective)

    tending to domineer

  • Overbearing (adjective)

    expecting unquestioning obedience;

    "he was imperious and dictatorial"

    "the timid child of authoritarian parents"

    "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

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