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 A few days later, the leaders issued an even stronger message, specifically calling out any Latter-day Saints who embrace notions of white supremacy or white nationalism. The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church condemns ‘violence and lawless behavior,’ urges all to honor ‘democratic institutions’," 15 Jan. 2021 For the vast majority of American history, Christian ministers have spoken with passion and vigor in favor of slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. Carey Wallace, Time, "White American Christianity Needs to Be Honest About Its History of White Supremacy," 14 Jan. 2021 The official said white supremacy in the ranks of the military has risen over the past 12 months, but not all individuals can be found. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon denounces extremism after Capitol siege as National Guard prepare for inauguration security," 14 Jan. 2021 Portions of classical Islamic law mandate Islamic supremacy, encourage enmity toward non-Muslims, and require the establishment of a universal Islamic state, or caliphate. Yahya Cholil Staquf, WSJ, "How to Make the Islamic World Less Radical," 14 Jan. 2021 Those victories were the result of warring against voter suppression and supremacy. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Trump’s Capitol Hill terrorists affirmed the truth: America should not be restored. It must be rebuilt," 6 Jan. 2021 Modern Western science developed in societies with ancient beliefs about human’s supremacy over animals, the Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal has noted. Maciek Pożoga, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Japan’s Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture," 5 Jan. 2021 The early 1900s were dotted with white symbolism and supremacy. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, "First came suffrage. Then came the Women of the Ku Klux Klan.," 5 Jan. 2021 But Herman never figured out how to use that recruiting dominance to challenge Oklahoma’s conference supremacy, going 1-4 against the Sooners. Nick Moyle,, "Texas dumps Tom Herman, hires Steve Sarkisian," 2 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of supremacy was in 1537

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22 Jan 2021

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“Supremacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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