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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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 However well his battles play out, though, new ones are always necessary, as the crime bosses vie for supremacy and the drug families propagate a never-ending cycle of assassination and retribution. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Drug Money All the Way Down," 22 Feb. 2019 This week could determine who rules the Southeastern Conference — at least for now — as the top schools square off this week looking for league supremacy. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "SEC’s top schools square off looking for league supremacy," 11 Feb. 2019 If slavery is the root of the illness that is white supremacy, then lynchings — brutal extrajudicial murders of black men and women used as a form of social control — are one of its more troubling symptoms. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A new lynching memorial highlights America’s grim legacy of racial terrorism," 26 Apr. 2018 The historical record bears a brutal truth: White women have always been active participants in sustaining white supremacy in America. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 2018 The morning after Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the director sounded off on Donald Trump and white supremacy in the United States. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Cannes: Spike Lee blasts Trump, explains Charlottesville footage in 'BlacKkKlansman'," 15 May 2018 These are issues that have existed since the nation’s founding, including the central conflict between the ideology of white supremacy and the ideal of democracy. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 More recently, the company has introduced digital cameras that rival the supremacy of their film rangefinders. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "At Long Last, the Leica That Anyone Can Use," 5 Oct. 2018

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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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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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