power politics


noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

political action characterized by the exercise or pursuit of power as a means of coercion.
international diplomacy based on the use or threatened use of military or economic power.

Origin of power politics

First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for power politics

  • All the international rivalries, the power-politics, the eternal pressures and constant crises.

    This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch

British Dictionary definitions for power politics

power politics


(functioning as singular) (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy
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