macht·​po·​li·​tik | \ ¦mäktˌpōlē¦tēk, -äḵt- \
plural -s

Definition of machtpolitik

: power politics specifically : a doctrine in political theory advocating the use of power and especially of physical force by a political state in the attainment of its objectives an internationalism based on realpolitik and machtpolitikNew Republic — compare realpolitik

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History and Etymology for machtpolitik

German, from macht power (from Old High German maht) + politik politics, from French politique

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“Machtpolitik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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