will to power

noun phrase

: the drive of the superman in the philosophy of Nietzsche to perfect and transcend the self through the possession and exercise of creative power
: a conscious or unconscious desire to exercise authority over others

Examples of will to power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the Russian leader speaks often of the security threat posed by potential NATO expansion, this is little more than a fig leaf for his naked and unaccountable will to power. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of will to power was in 1907

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“Will to power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/will%20to%20power. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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