- a nation, organization, or institution so powerful that it is capable of influencing or changing the course of world events.
Origin of world power
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for world power
War might be a short cut to German world-power; and again, it might not.To Kiel in the 'Hercules'
Lewis R. Freeman
Let it make the sacrifices which our position as a world-power demands.The German Emperor as Shown in his Public Utterances
In the course of time it became affiliated with the world-power, Cluny.How France Built Her Cathedrals
Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Here the Roman world-power, the imperial dominion, is in view.
The end is German world-power, and in the attainment of this end, any means are justifiable.Crome Yellow
- a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world
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