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Great Power

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a nation that has exceptional political influence, resources, and military strength

Great′ Pow′er


n.
(sometimes l.c.) a nation that has exceptional military and economic strength, and consequently plays a major, often decisive, role in international affairs.
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Noun1.Great Power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the worldgreat power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
hegemon - a leading or paramount power
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For several miles Worson went on very well, at an easy gait, without apparent fatigue, for he had really great powers of endurance and was not sufficiently intoxicated to enfeeble them.
His great powers, his masterly manner, and the experience which I had had of his many extraordinary qualities, all made me diffident and backward in crossing him.
If, on the contrary, Britain had been situated on the continent, and had been compelled, as she would have been, by that situation, to make her military establishments at home coextensive with those of the other great powers of Europe, she, like them, would in all probability be, at this day, a victim to the absolute power of a single man.
But that simplicity of hers, holding up an ideal for others in her believing conception of them, was one of the great powers of her womanhood.
Alexey Alexandrovitch, a man of great power in the world of politics, felt himself helpless in this.
1-7) Let us betake us to the house fo some man of great power, -- one who bears great power and is greatly prosperous always.
And yet there is nothing strained, no peering through telescopes to find new worlds or magnify the old; the eyes need only be lifted for a moment, and the great power is not the power of sight, but sympathy.
A remarkable instance of the great power of mere individuality over the young.
It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world.
To be sure it is never good to pass by an old woman without giving her something, especially if she looks at you; for all the world shall never persuade me but that they have a great power to do mischief, and to be sure I shall never see an old woman again, but I shall think to myself,
This I say, Sancho, that thou attribute not the favour thou hast received to thine own merits, but give thanks to heaven that disposes matters beneficently, and secondly thanks to the great power the profession of knight-errantry contains in itself.
And if not able to please himself in the arrangement, he has at least pleasure in the great power of choice.