Share this entry

Share this page

superpower

Syllabification: su·per·pow·er
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərˌpou(ə)r
 
/

Definition of superpower in English:

noun

A very powerful and influential nation (used especially with reference to the US and the former Soviet Union when these were perceived as the two most powerful nations in the world).
Example sentences
  • The first occasion was the collapse of the Soviet superpower enemy and of Communism as an ideology.
  • It is very difficult to be capitalist when there is a communist superpower invading most of Eastern Europe and trying to do the same in Africa and South America.
  • When Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky at the 1972 World Chess Championship, the event was redolent with the superpower politics of the Cold War.

Definition of superpower in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…