su·​per·​state | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstāt How to pronounce superstate (audio) \
plural superstates

Definition of superstate

1 : an extremely powerful nation or governing body having power over subordinate states … Orwell's protagonist, Winston Smith, … starts keeping a forbidden diary in response to draconian rule in the fictional superstate of Oceania.— Steve Barnes The destiny of the European Union looms large in Britain's debate about its future in the organisation. Is the EU developing into a federal superstate along the lines of the United States?— Paul Gillespie
2 : a union or federation of nations under a supergovernment Ukrainians themselves are split over the sacrifices involved in giving up Russian markets and financial aid to gamble on moving into the European Union's modern economic superstate.— Jim Hoagland

First Known Use of superstate

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Superstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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