supremacy

noun
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

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Today, Mase makes his living by crafting loud and proud poetry on everything from white supremacy and LGBTQ rights to personal grief and growing up in an interfaith home. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle poet J Mase III makes his own way and teaches other trans and queer artists to carve out sustainable careers," 13 Apr. 2019 Some of the political influence campaigns were aimed at stoking division around white supremacy and the Abolish ICE movement. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Apple’s path to $1 trillion continues unabated," 1 Aug. 2018 One person was killed when a man with ties to white supremacy groups drove a car through a crowd. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black, white Oakland churches to merge into one," 2 June 2018 The idea is to finish with four clubs, the cream of the continent, duking it out for European supremacy in a pair of glittering finals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Europe Now Belongs to the Premier League," 10 May 2019 With the Sounders and LAFC looking to possibly go to the wire for Western Conference supremacy, the next few weeks could play a determining role. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "A rivalry of champions once again has Sounders and Toronto FC on a collision course," 12 Apr. 2019 Its roots of white supremacy and the marginalized concern for people of color has remained. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"," 16 Apr. 2019 In the race for energy supremacy, the U.S. has become not only the world’s largest natural-gas producer but also a top exporter of oil — a fuel that remains among the most harmful for the climate and public health. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 And under no circumstances was Walter Chrysler going to let a bank beat his quest for skyline supremacy. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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supremacy

noun

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

supremacy

noun
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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