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superpower Line breaks: super|power
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəpaʊə/

Definition of superpower in English:


1A 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): the threat to oil supplies brought the two superpowers closer together [as modifier]: superpower rivalry a superpower summit
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  • 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.
2(In fiction) an exceptional or extraordinary power or ability: he uses his superpowers to combat evil
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  • The comic book is about a city where every citizen and many of the cats wear costumes and have superpowers.
  • Characters who have super-powers need anchoring in reality to make them believable.
  • He-Man just uses his superpowers to throw the city back to its place.
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