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 As of 2019, a majority of domestic-terrorism cases investigated by the FBI were related to white supremacy. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "The decade has ended, but it will never be over," 31 Dec. 2019 This is the latest example of how UNC contributes to white supremacy. Fortune, "UNC Faces Backlash on the Decision to Preserve its Confederate Statue," 16 Dec. 2019 Our media seems to have a really hard time reflecting 20 percent of our population, of not overrepresenting whiteness to the point of implying its supremacy. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "The Great White Nope," 13 Dec. 2019 That Watchmen went there — and several places beyond in both real and fictional American history — with regards to white supremacy is still astonishing to King. Sarah Rodman,, "Bow Down: Regina King on winning an Oscar and fronting Watchmen in 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 This season there have been tensions at the farmers’ market involving protesters and Schooner Creek Farms, a vendor that has been linked to white supremacy, and their supporters. Ernest Rollins, Indianapolis Star, "Advisory council takes no stance on management of Bloomington farmers' market," 10 Dec. 2019 Such accounts would have struck former Confederates as bizarre or absurd—and certainly demeaning to white supremacy. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "The Making of a White Supremacist Myth," 24 Oct. 2019 Set up this way, the story pulls us along even when the steps to burger supremacy involve treading on innocents. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’," 23 Oct. 2019 Black resistance to American white supremacy generated dissenting religious and theological movements, truly going to the root. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The 1619 Project’s Potted History," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of supremacy was in 1537

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10 Jan 2020

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“Supremacy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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