superstate

noun

su·​per·​state ˈsü-pər-ˌstāt How to pronounce superstate (audio)
plural superstates
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 superb baroque staircase, lined with imperial Roman busts and portraits of emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, symbolizes the majestic superstate, founded in 800, by which Europe was haunted and embraced for a thousand years.Philip Mansel
2
: a union or federation of nations under a supergovernment
In her speech to the Congress of Prague, she [Margaret Thatcher] described "the drive toward a European superstate, with its own government, its own laws, its own currency and its own citizenship," …Peter Brimelow
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

Examples of superstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orwell’s novel is set in an imagined future beset by war, surveillance and propaganda where Great Britain is a province of totalitarian superstate Oceania, ruled by the Party, led by Big Brother. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Dec. 2021 Brexit was the culmination of the growing realization that Britain was becoming a vassal state to the ever-expanding and intrusive, both geographically and politically, European Union superstate. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of superstate was in 1905

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“Superstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superstate. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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