thalassocracy

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thal·as·soc·ra·cy

 (thăl′ə-sŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. thal·as·soc·ra·cies
Naval or commercial supremacy on the seas.

[Greek thalassokratiā : thalassa, sea + -kratiā, -cracy.]

tha·las′so·crat′ (thə-lăs′ə-krăt′) n.

thalassocracy

(ˌθæləˈsɒkrəsɪ) or

thalattocracy

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the government of a nation having dominion over large expanses of the seas
[C19: from Attic Greek thalassocratia, from thalassa sea + -cracy]

thal•as•soc•ra•cy

(ˌθæl əˈsɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
dominion over the seas, as in trade.
[1840–50; < Greek thálass(a) sea + -o- + -cracy]

thalassocracy

the sovereignty of the seas. — thalassocrat. n.
See also: Sea
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