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world power

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noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

    Aldous Huxley


British Dictionary definitions for world power

world power

noun
  1. a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world
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