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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 distinctive mark of this century is the supremacy of the labor element.
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  • Some of these battles were purely exhibits of supremacy or to punish recalcitrant local leaders.
  • It also seems to have pinched the script, with mighty empires battling for supremacy.
  • But it does not provide any supremacy for one religion.
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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