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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Last autumn government employees across the country were ordered to watch a six-part television series about China’s emergence as a world power. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Whether czarist or soviet, Russians long for the times in their history when their country truly was a world power. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Losing to a world power in the round of 16 would be no shame. Ronald Blum,, "'Tiki-taka' generation ends as Spain leave the World Cup," 1 July 2018 The movement has since been largely co-opted by the government, with the Kremlin recasting the World War II victory as a cornerstone of its argument that Russia deserves to be a world power. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "A River of Pictures of the Dead From Russia’s Sacred War," 10 May 2018 His bellicose statements were designed to get the world to see North Korea as a world power. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Why Kim Jong Un is hard — but not impossible — to read ahead of North Korea summit," 24 Apr. 2018 The Saudis, however, have refused to rule out their right to enrich uranium, in part citing Iran’s ability to do so under the 2015 nuclear agreement world powers reached with Tehran, which the Trump administration pulled out of earlier this year. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Lawmakers Want a Greater Say as U.S. Seeks a Saudi Nuclear Deal," 16 Dec. 2018 Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in Idlib have been using Syria as a proxy battleground for years. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace," 25 Sep. 2018 Trump — who pulled the U.S. out of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers — campaigned on a promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Fox News, "Leaders honor Mandela at UN; his widow calls them to act," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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