I want to use the word "dominates" in a positive context.

Basically, I'm writing about a movie which is influenced by a certain culture. In this context, I want to write that this culture dominates the first half of the movie. However, the word "dominates" can be taken negatively, hence I'm searching for another word.

P.S. I don't want to use the word "influenced" because I'm already using it in a previous sentence and I would like to avoid repetition.

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    Are you sure that 'dominates' would in fact be taken negatively ... it depends on context, I think. Maybe you can include the whole sentence in your question? Mar 12, 2018 at 5:16
  • Dominates is much stronger in meaning than influences. Mar 12, 2018 at 6:48
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    You probably mean predominate.
    – Kris
    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:10
  • @Kris Would you add that as an answer? I don't know why I didn't think of it. Thanks a lot ! Mar 12, 2018 at 9:51
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    'Permeates' gives the impression of being full of it.
    – JDF
    May 15, 2018 at 7:51

2 Answers 2


This culture profoundly/largely/actively shapes the first half of the movie.


This culture towers over the first half of the movie.

  1. To demonstrate great superiority; be preeminent:

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