su·​prem·​a·​cy | \ sə-ˈpre-mə-sē How to pronounce supremacy (audio) , sü- also -ˈprē- \
plural supremacies

Definition of supremacy

: the quality or state of being supreme also : supreme authority or power

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Examples of supremacy in a Sentence

the Roman empire had supremacy over the entire Mediterranean world the supremacy of cashmere among wools accounts for its high price
Recent Examples on the Web Alas, the censorious new Jacobins castigate Douglass’s position as racist and supportive of white supremacy. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Totalitarianism on Campus," 17 Oct. 2020 Therefore, their protection, and the subsequent continuation of white supremacy, are part of the same equation. Washington Post, "Ruby Hamad’s essay about White women’s tears went viral. ‘White Tears/Brown Scars’ delves deeper into performative victimhood.," 16 Oct. 2020 As opponents of white supremacy engaged in some of the most widespread, sustained protests in American history, the country also headed toward one of its hottest summers ever. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Heat Gap," 15 Oct. 2020 Shifting that narrative is a threat to the very white supremacy that Trump and his supporters seek to uphold, which is why the president is hell-bent on discrediting it. Britni De La Cretaz,, "Trump Wants To End Anti-Racism Training Because He Thinks It’s “Insane”," 30 Sep. 2020 The coalition is demanding that Facebook take down groups focused on white supremacy, militia, hate, and violent conspiracies. Fortune, "Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Leonardo DiCaprio plan one-day Facebook boycott. Here’s why," 15 Sep. 2020 All three list white supremacy as the most significant threat facing the U.S., though the exact language varies. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "DHS draft document: White supremacy is most 'lethal threat' facing US," 9 Sep. 2020 For Interview, Christopher Bollen talks with Jia Tolentino about the decade and a half that has been 2020: COVID-19, the capitalist death cult, melting permafrost, white supremacy, political protest, Danny DeVito. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Let the Unexpected Expand the Landscape of the Possible," 10 Aug. 2020 Breakfast is filled with a number of restaurants battling for taste bud supremacy, including Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin', Taco Bell and, the behemoth itself, McDonald's. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Wendy's is eating McDonald's breakfast," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of supremacy

1537, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for supremacy

supreme + -acy (as in primacy)

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24 Oct 2020

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“Supremacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of supremacy

: the quality or state of having more power, authority, or status than anyone else : the state of being supreme


su·​prem·​a·​cy | \ su̇-ˈpre-mə-sē How to pronounce supremacy (audio) \
plural supremacies

Kids Definition of supremacy

: the highest rank, power, or authority

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