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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
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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 sing) (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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