Definition of bloc in English:



  • A group of countries or political parties with common interests who have formed an alliance.

    ‘the Soviet bloc’
    ‘a parliamentary bloc’
    • ‘If it votes as a bloc, it will be capable of imposing its concept of the good society on all the other groups.’
    • ‘If so, then the freer we remain the less we need to worry about losing ground in the long run to nations and blocs of nations that aren't as free.’
    • ‘Yet because they maintain a crucial majority if voting as a bloc they can help dictate the eventual appointee.’
    • ‘They say that trade blocs provide benefits to their members, so they want you to reason that if we didn't join, we would be adversely affected.’
    • ‘We really do seem to have two voting blocs here that are basically stuck in concrete and are going to go, it looks like, right up to the wire that way.’
    • ‘Parties and electoral blocs were free to organize, with few exceptions, and a large number managed to register.’
    • ‘The parliamentary members tended to coalesce in blocs, which were alliances in support of particular philosophies.’
    • ‘The major blocs in French politics each valorizes a collectivity: the nation, the class, the race.’
    • ‘The centre of gravity in Europe is shifting decisively east, to where new blocs and alliances are already forming.’
    • ‘It is to be expected that each of the world's blocs have their own interests and will try to protect them.’
    • ‘The Second World War began with Germany's attack on Poland in 1939 and ended with the continent's division into two hostile blocs.’
    • ‘Arithmetically nothing's happened - five seats lost here, six gained there, but the great blocs of party power are still intact.’
    • ‘It's too soon to call this a party or a bloc, but it is now a visible group with true independence and popular status.’
    • ‘They are almost certain to end up with strong parliamentary blocs.’
    • ‘Or do we want them to emerge as resentful rivals in a world permanently divided into hostile trading blocs?’
    • ‘Eighteen political parties and five electoral blocs are running.’
    • ‘Let me add two of my many college encounters with regard to the Soviet Union and the communist bloc.’
    • ‘It is depressing to see how people mostly voted in racial blocs.’
    • ‘But at present there are huge ‘imbalances’ between the world's main economic blocs.’
    • ‘Individual member states were also in other, competing political and economic blocs, which made integration no easier.’
    alliance, association, coalition, federation, confederation, league, faction, union, partnership, body, group, grouping
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Early 20th century: from French, literally ‘block’.