thal·​as·​soc·​ra·​cy ˌtha-lə-ˈsä-krə-sē How to pronounce thalassocracy (audio)
: maritime supremacy

Examples of thalassocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no synthesis in Telluria’s world, no resolution in the battle between tellurocracy and thalassocracy, Eurasianism and Atlanticism, Dasein and Hubris, imperialism and communism, liberalism and authoritarianism. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Greek thalassokratia, from thalassa + -kratia -cracy

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thalassocracy was in 1846

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“Thalassocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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