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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Recent Examples on the Web Before anything, Mike is a Black man from the American South who is deeply skeptical of how much a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal power structure built on the evils of capitalism will do to ensure his freedom. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Killer Mike Takes His Allies Where He Finds Them," 10 Aug. 2020 That power structure has placed Mahinda Rajapaksa in a position of strength to promote his son. Krishan Francis, Star Tribune, "Rajapaksa brothers to get strong support in Sri Lanka polls," 3 Aug. 2020 The divide between the super-wealthy college football power structure and the kids who make the machine run has been widening, and whenever a rich-poor divide gets too wide, the rope ladder spanning that divide begins to fray. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "West Coast college kids stand up to Big Football," 2 Aug. 2020 That observer would have to be advanced beyond anything humans can imagine today, like the makers of a hypothetical Dyson sphere or any other cosmic power structure. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Exactly How Aliens Could Use Black Holes to Generate Energy," 24 June 2020 The veterans pushed up against a white power structure that included not only politicians but police and the Ku Klux Klan. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "They overcame police dogs and beatings: Civil rights activists from 1960s cheer on Black Lives Matter protesters leading new fight," 4 July 2020 But Bias would have made the Celtics younger and could have and likely would have altered that power structure to some degree. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Len Bias story remains one of the saddest 'what-ifs' in sports history," 26 June 2020 But in amateur athletics, the power structure still determines much of what players may feel free and comfortable saying. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Gene Smith says Ohio State will support athletes speaking out, and if some fans don’t like it, that’s OK," 10 June 2020 Power that Williams may use to upend the power structure of college basketball. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "One megarecruit has the power to change the color of college basketball," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of power structure

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Aug 2020

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“Power structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20structure. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of power structure

US : 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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