great power

noun, often capitalized G&P

Definition of great power

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

Examples of great power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The formulation spoke to the resolve of a great power seeking justice. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 But many among us, including those in positions of great power, don't want to do those things -- or even things that would seem much more personally immediate, like encouraging vaccination against Covid-19. Adam H. Sobel, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Born in England, Gaiman describes America’s classic roadside attractions as places of great power in our culture. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 23 Aug. 2021 The military withdrawal from Afghanistan accurately reflected a shift of priorities, including toward the sharpening great power rivalry with China. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Secondly, to be the armed force of a great power, capable of deterring threats to Chinese sovereignty and security. CBS News, 30 June 2021 In the upcoming show's first teaser trailer, Moiraine speaks about the great power that Aes Sedai members hold. Dory Jackson,, 2 Sep. 2021 In the Pentagon, fear of terrorism had been eclipsed by concern for the great power competition against China and Russia. Carter Malkasian, Time, 19 Sep. 2021 However, great power comes with significant responsibilities, and the inevitable misuse to infiltrate our device has to be controlled. Tirthankar Dutta, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of great power

1660, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great power was in 1660

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2 Nov 2021

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“Great power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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