power structure


Definition of power structure 

1 : a group of persons having control of an organization : establishment

2 : the hierarchical interrelationships existing within a controlling group

Examples of power structure in a Sentence

The parade won't happen without the approval of the city's power structure. Women in the company are struggling for equality against the male power structure. They are making changes to the power structure of the church.
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Ten Point plays by the rules of the white power structure because those are the rules. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Donald Trump, urban violence and the struggle for Ten Point Coalition’s soul," 20 May 2018 The Trilateral Commission, which David Rockefeller founded in 1973 to connect nongovernmental organizations in different countries, has long been a central node in any conspiracy theorist’s map of the globalist power structure. Reeves Wiedeman, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rockefellers vs. the Company That Made Them Rockefellers," 7 Jan. 2018 The new MACRO Episodic Lab Powered by The Black List, aims to discover and support underrepresented creators who are typically overlooked by the Hollywood power structure. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Turns Two and Five Breaking News Haikus," 8 June 2018 Haspel’s role in the interrogation program did not impede her rise within the CIA’s power structure. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling," 7 May 2018 Anybody who makes it to the top of the coaching ranks is, by nature, someone who possesses a keen understanding of power structures and the optimal way to navigate them. David Murphy, Philly.com, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 Powell succeeded him as national security adviser, beginning his own rise to the highest levels of Washington’s power structure. Bruce Nelan, Washington Post, "Frank Carlucci, defense secretary and tamer of federal bureaucracies, dies at 87," 4 June 2018 Early in the episode, Bernard and Elsie have an impenetrable conversation about the Cradle and the Mesa—two key aspects of Westworld’s behind-the-scenes power structure, which are each vying for control in the wake of the revolution. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Off the Rails," 28 May 2018 More than two years after the first Silver and Skelos trials, Albany’s power structure remains fundamentally unchanged. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "The Sheldon Silver Trial: Take Two," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of power structure

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of power structure

: a group of people who have control of a government, organization, etc., or the way in which those people are organized

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