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

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 That this is bad news for the economy, the consumer, and, at a time when technological supremacy will be vital in seeing off China’s challenge, for the nation’s security, doesn’t seem to bother the central planners now running competition policy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 7 May 2022 The event would be retold over the years as an archetypal narrative of male supremacy and barbarity and abject female subservience. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 In addition to combating anti-Asian attacks, Bonta said, the bureau will look into other social justice issues, including white supremacy and racial bias in policing. NBC news, 2 May 2022 White supremacy, however, is, and it’s an atmospheric force that threatens everyone’s life. Damon Young, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 One of the materials claimed, among other things, that White supremacy was behind the focus on finding the right answer. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 Al Qaeda may have failed to hit the Capitol, but the building was attacked by extremists who confirmed government warnings that White supremacy is now the country's top terrorism threat. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 The boxes and the ballots represent when Hillsborough’s boundaries extended to the other side of the bridge, when white supremacy was on the verge of denying Black residents the right to vote, and when elections were easily corruptible. Paul Guzzo,, 20 Aug. 2021 White supremacy has always been a constitutive piece of American national identity, but it cannot be openly claimed in a nation also founded on belief in democracy and freedom. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Supremacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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