world power


Definition of world power

: a political unit (such as a nation or state) powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic became a robust world power, its prosperous economy paving the way for a flourishing of art, culture and intellectual thought. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the Amsterdam Museum Will No Longer Use the Term ‘Dutch Golden Age’," 16 Sep. 2019 Strangely enough, those who believe in deep state conspiracies or who oppose the EU as a world power may find much to appreciate here, even if Costa-Gavras’ politics, like Yanis’ and Alexis’, clearly lean to the left. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Adults in the Room': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 China would establish itself as a world power off planet. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Why Everyone Wants to Go Back to the Moon," 12 July 2019 Tensions between the two countries have been growing since Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, "Attacks on crucial Saudi oil sites threaten to renew Gulf tensions," 15 Sep. 2019 The attack likely will heighten tensions further across the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. Fox News, "Pompeo accuses Iran of 'unprecedented attack' after drones hit Saudi oil facilities," 15 Sep. 2019 Iranian leaders were predictably outraged last year after Mr. Trump abandoned Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, demanded a more stringent accord and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "In Iran’s Hierarchy, Talks With Trump Are Now Seen as Inevitable," 29 Aug. 2019 With the exception of Queen Elizabeth II, there is probably no one alive today who has spent more time in the corridors of world power for longer than Imelda Marcos. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kingmaker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Tensions have escalated in the Persian Gulf region since Trump over a year ago unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Aritz Parra, Anchorage Daily News, "US moves to halt release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar," 15 Aug. 2019

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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: a country that is powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

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