American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A powerful and influential nation, especially a nuclear power that dominates its allies or client states in an international power bloc.
- n. Electricity generated in a large plant that is tied into a regional network, on a larger scale than was common in the early years of commercial electricity production.
- n. Excessive or superior power.
- n. A sovereign state with dominant status on the globe and a very advanced military, especially the Soviet Union or United States.
- n. A fictional extraordinary physical or mental ability, especially possessed by a superhero or supervillain.
- n. a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
- super- + power (Wiktionary)
“He elaborated later that the word superpower is no longer sufficient to describe the United States.”
“Much like one of the guys in Temps, the superpower is apparently to be super not noticeable.”
“My "superpower" is being able to locate something in the house even though I'm at work and the kids are calling me, "Mom, have you seen my homework-backpack-school project, ...”
“Yet we know that China, which President Obama identified in his inaugural address as already the "renewable energy superpower", is on a pell-mell course to capture way more than its share of these jobs.”
“Bewley: His superpower is his intense strength … mine is tracking.”
“Concerning Roadkill, his superpower is to telepathically control vehicles so he regularly uses other cars to distract the cops by driving into them and causing major accidents and chaotic traffic while he makes his getaway after a heist.”
“Conor Broekharts superpower is his brain, and he uses his smarts to fight tyranny.”
“The existing superpower is in the process of accelerating its decline by fighting wars of choice in the wrong places.”
“I have a naturally high tolerance due to genetics and build, and I suspect that my secret superpower is simply to not get hungover, no matter how much I drink.”
“One of the most important consequences of incentive superpower is what I call “incentive caused bias.””
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