From super- + power.
superpower (countable and uncountable, plural superpowers)
- (uncountable) Excessive or superior power.
- (countable) A sovereign state with dominant status on the globe and a very advanced military, especially the United States or formerly the Soviet Union.
1990 February 5, William Safire, “Staying a Superpower”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
Our superpower competition will be reunified Germany (perhaps together with its European satellites) and expanding Japan (perhaps allied with China, if they can bring that off).
- 1999, David Held, Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture (page 97)
- The year 1945 marked the end of Europe's global hegemony and confirmed the US and the Soviet Union as global superpowers.
- (countable) A fictional extraordinary physical or mental ability, especially possessed by a superhero or supervillain.
1994, C. J. Lee, Caldwell Lee the Poet to Be: The Forthright Omnipotence Era, Dorrance Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 46:
Administered in such a way, in that superpowers it assures.
2014, Christina Lauren, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 258:
This is his superpower, I think. The comic geek always has one, and Oliver's is a poker face that would leave even the Holy Trinity guessing what he's thinking.
2021 December 6, Givinuplol, belugasareneat, “What superpower you would like?”, in reddit.com: If I could have a superpower id[sic] want to be able to teleport. I hate walking and driving gives me headaches.
- (obsolete, uncountable) 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.
- (mathematics) A tetration.
- Synonym: power tower
- Antonym: superlogarithm
- Albanian: please add this translation if you can
- Arabic: قُوَى عُظْمَى f (quwā ʕuẓmā)
- Armenian: գերտերություն (hy) (gerterutʿyun)
- Azerbaijani: fövqəldövlət, super güc
- Belarusian: звышдзяржа́ва f (zvyšdzjaržáva)
- Bengali: পরাশক্তি (poraśokti)
- Bulgarian: свръхдържа́ва f (svrǎhdǎržáva), свръхси́ла f (svrǎhsíla)
- Mandarin: 超級大國／超级大国 (zh) (chāojídàguó)
- Czech: supervelmoc f, velmoc (cs) f
- Danish: supermagt c
- Dutch: grootmacht (nl) m or f, supermacht (nl) m or f
- Esperanto: please add this translation if you can
- Estonian: superjõud, üliriik
- Finnish: supervalta (fi)
- French: superpuissance (fr) f
- Galician: superpotencia f
- Georgian: please add this translation if you can
- German: Supermacht (de) f
- Greek: υπερδύναμη (el) f (yperdýnami)
- Hindi: परमशक्ति f (paramśakti)
- Hungarian: szuperhatalom (hu)
- Indonesian: adikuasa (id), adidaya (id)
- Italian: superpotenza (it) f
- Japanese: 超大国 (ちょうたいこく, chōtaikoku), スーパーパワー (sūpāpawā)
- Korean: 초강대국(超强大國) (ko) (chogangdaeguk)
- Latvian: superlielvalsts f
- Lithuanian: supervalstybė f
- Macedonian: су́перси́ла f (súpersíla)
- Bokmål: supermakt m or f
- Nynorsk: supermakt f
- Persian: ابرقدرت (fa) (abarqodrat)
- Polish: supermocarstwo (pl) n, mocarstwo (pl) n
- Portuguese: superpotência f
- Romanian: superputere f
- Russian: сверхдержа́ва (ru) f (sverxderžáva), супердержа́ва (ru) f (superderžáva)
- Cyrillic: суперсила f
- Roman: supersila f
- Slovak: superveľmoc f
- Slovene: velesila f, supersila f
- Spanish: superpotencia f, hiperpotencia f
- Swedish: supermakt (sv) c, världsmakt c, världsvälde n, stormakt (sv) c
- Tajik: абарқудрат (tg) (abarqudrat)
- Telugu: అగ్రరాజ్యము (te) (agrarājyamu)
- Turkish: süper güç
- Ukrainian: наддержа́ва f (nadderžáva), супердержа́ва f (superderžáva)
- Vietnamese: siêu cường (vi), siêu cường quốc (vi)
superpower (third-person singular simple present superpowers, present participle superpowering, simple past and past participle superpowered)
- (transitive) To give extraordinary powers to.