superpower

noun
su·​per·​pow·​er | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of superpower

1 : excessive or superior power
2a : 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

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superpowered \ ˈsü-​pər-​ˌpau̇(-​ə)rd \ adjective

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Having a pet dinosaur isn’t the most practical superpower, especially with the show’s special-effects budget limiting that dino’s range. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 The great superpower of the network is bringing people together to create system change, to start tackling big questions and even bigger structural systems. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Russia’s rise After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. moved into the role of the world’s unchallenged superpower. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power," 23 Jan. 2019 And when Momoa made his debut in Justice League, his character’s gruff new gimmick offered a nice contrast with the goofiness of Aquaman’s fish-whispering superpower, especially when the jokes came at the expense of tough Curry himself. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 The 1990 and 1997 summits both took place at the peak of American triumph, when the Russian state was very much a supplicant to the world’s only superpower. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump and Putin have a rendez-vous in Helsinki.," 27 June 2018 Sure, there may be a bit of drama — but hey, that’s show business. Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Problem-solving is Virgo's superpower. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Sophie Bernstein had Rainbow flip-flops, Tiffany earrings, and superpowers. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 The two superpower presidents each have a new limousine along the way. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Putin's posse is ready to roll on menacing new motorcycles," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of superpower

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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superpower

noun

English Language Learners Definition of superpower

: an extremely powerful nation

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