supremacy

noun
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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Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, meanwhile, traces the rise of white supremacy mostly through a story about two police officers, one black and one Jewish, who infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan chapter in 1970s Colorado Springs. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 The concept of white supremacy was legitimized during the 18th century through pseudoscience that sought to prove the inherent inferiority of black genetics. Kim Reynolds, Teen Vogue, "How White People Have Reacted to Black Success Over Time in the United States," 30 July 2018 Educate yourself and do the work to uproot white supremacy, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and fat phobia/body shaming in yourself. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 Instead, developer Team Cherry chose not to gate my progress behind manual exploration, mathematical supremacy, or rote memorization of one-time-only boss patterns. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 In the spring of 2016, remember, Durant represented one of Golden State’s most imposing obstacles to supremacy. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors dynasty defined: Before KD, and after KD," 16 June 2018 Back in the day, Suzuki and Honda competed with Yamaha for sport-quad supremacy. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Real Sport Quad: Joy, Fear, and the Yamaha 450R SE," 20 Nov. 2018 In fact, election results also show the persistence of hate and white supremacy in America. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Elizabeth Gillespie McRae’s groundbreaking book, Mother of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, offers a robust history of how white women reinforce white supremacy. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 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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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 \
plural supremacies

Kids Definition of supremacy

: the highest rank, power, or authority

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