From King Dictionary of Contemporary English power politics ˈpower ˌpolitics noun [uncountable ] P POLITICS when a country or person attempts to get power and influence by using or threatening to use force or other actions, especially against another country Examples from the Corpus power politics • The second thing you learn, however, is that this is not simply a power politics street fight. • What startles is the play's modernity: it accords with our own scepticism about power politics. • If ever there were a sign that money and power politics can be a lethal mix, this was it. • As such she became integral to international strategic thinking and power politics in subsequent years. • The closer you get to old fashioned power politics, the more the classic assets of old fashioned power matter. • It's the same in power politics. • International politics, he claimed, was the domain not of morality but of power politics. • Cambodia has long been a victim of power politics. • The novel departs clearly from Anthony Hope's tale in this element of the power politics of the 1920s.