su·​prem·​a·​cy | \sə-ˈpre-mə-sē, 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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According to Legend’s op-ed and The Advocate, the Louisiana law is rooted in white supremacy. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "John Legend Penned a Powerful Op-Ed About a Racist Louisiana Policy," 14 Aug. 2018 Design goals called for the JSF to be the premier strike aircraft through 2040, second only to the F-22 Raptor in air supremacy. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 Here’s a museum that’s interested in white supremacy and preserving the history of the killing of this amazing civil rights leader. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Why Blonde Privilege Is Real, From Barbie to the White House," 24 July 2018 Shallow appreciation of a cultural product can become a smokescreen for actions rooted in white supremacy. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Eddie Huang’s Immigrant-Focused Food Show Can’t Come Soon Enough," 20 June 2018 On the other hand, the court has said that the federal government may regulate all sorts of things directly and that federal laws pre-empt contrary state laws under the Constitution’s supremacy clause. Adam Liptak, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court strikes down ban on commercial sports betting, paving the way for more states to allow it," 14 May 2018 Regarding the conquest of the Philippines, the quotations that Mr. Hopkins provides leave no doubt of American leaders’ belief in white racial supremacy. Wm. Roger Louis, WSJ, "‘American Empire’ Review: Signing Up for the Imperial Club," 23 Mar. 2018 White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women’s suffrage. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 White privilege and supremacy dictate that whiteness itself is superior, or at the very least neutral., "Sorry To Bother You," 10 July 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 \
plural supremacies

Kids Definition of supremacy

: the highest rank, power, or authority

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