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[suh-prem-uh-see, soo-] /səˈprɛm ə si, sʊ-/
the state of being supreme.
supreme authority or power.
Origin of supremacy
1540-50; supreme1 + -acy
Related forms
presupremacy, noun Unabridged
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  • The cities of the main land were compelled to acknowledge the supremacy of the Persian conqueror; but not the islands.

    A Manual of Ancient History A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
  • He was quite aware of his own ascendency in counsel and his supremacy in debate.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He made himself the centre of the table, and he was so vivacious that none wished to question his supremacy.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • In government, be yourself supreme, and let your supremacy be that of authority.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • In earth, air and water, birds, animals and fishes had struggled with each other for supremacy and existence.

    The Redemption of David Corson Charles Frederic Goss
British Dictionary definitions for supremacy


/sʊˈprɛməsɪ; sjʊ-/
supreme power; authority
the quality or condition of being supreme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for supremacy

1540s, from supreme + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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