superpower

noun su·per·pow·er \ ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

Definition of superpower

1 : excessive or superior power
2 a : an extremely powerful nation; specifically : one of a very few dominant states in an era when the world is divided politically into these states and their satellites
b : an international governing body able to enforce its will upon the most powerful states

superpowered

play \ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective

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First Known Use of superpower

1849

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  • : an extremely powerful nation



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