great power

noun, often capitalized G&P

Definition of great power

: one of the nations that figure most decisively in international affairs : superpower

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Their 31-game home run streak came to a close in the Subway Series opener, snapping one of the greatest power explosions in recent memory. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Yankees Home Run Streak Snapped in Subway Series Loss to Mets," 2 July 2019 But the Russian menace remains, and is probably dwarfed by a far more subtle campaign of espionage by a great power of far greater capacity in China. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: America’s enemies are on notice about this president," 5 June 2019 Words have great power and there is a spectrum of actions that should be considered from a perspective that is objective and unbiased. Aria Thaker, Quartz at Work, "How Indian media company Homegrown imploded in the wake of #MeToo," 11 June 2019 With great power, right, comes a lot of responsibility. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 In any future conflict between great powers, military communications and navigation satellites will become prime targets, and Russia would need the ability to both shoot down enemy satellites and quickly replace its own losses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s MiG-31 Spotted With Possible Anti-Satellite Missile," 1 Oct. 2018 World Refugee Day this year provided a sobering reminder of how easily the world’s great powers can turn their backs on those fleeing war, persecution and poverty. Alf Dubs, Time, "I Fled the Nazis as a Child Refugee. Trump's Border Policy Echoes Europe's Darkest Days," 21 June 2018 While 20 percent would not be enough for the party to lead a government, a strong show of support will give the party greater power to pressure the next administration. Fox News, "Sweden's most significant election in years, at a glance," 6 Sep. 2018 Central government is getting greater power to determine where houses are built. The Economist, "Britain’s housing supply is perking up at last," 10 May 2018

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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