power politics

noun

plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: politics based primarily on the use of power (such as military and economic strength) as a coercive force rather than on ethical precepts

Examples of power politics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Trump administration’s innovative use of export controls on cutting-edge technology has become the new tool of choice for twenty-first-century power politics. Andrew Byers, Foreign Affairs, 1 July 2024 Sarkissian is a techno-optimist, seeing the march of science and technology as enabling small states to overcome the limitations imposed by geography, power politics, and traditional geopolitics, thus disrupting the dominance of large states. Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 Political corruption and power politics are never far away in the contemporary Philippines, a reality that ABS-CBN has experienced firsthand. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024 With the Israel–Gaza War intensifying, Americans may lose focus on how Tehran is reshaping power politics in the Middle East through its alliances with Moscow and, perhaps more important, Beijing. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for power politics 

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of power politics was in 1901

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“Power politics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20politics. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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