Definition of bloc in English:

bloc

noun

  • A combination of countries, parties, or groups sharing a common purpose.

    ‘a center-left voting bloc’
    • ‘Arithmetically nothing's happened - five seats lost here, six gained there, but the great blocs of party power are still intact.’
    • ‘The parliamentary members tended to coalesce in blocs, which were alliances in support of particular philosophies.’
    • ‘Or do we want them to emerge as resentful rivals in a world permanently divided into hostile trading blocs?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let me add two of my many college encounters with regard to the Soviet Union and the communist bloc.’
    • ‘Yet because they maintain a crucial majority if voting as a bloc they can help dictate the eventual appointee.’
    • ‘The major blocs in French politics each valorizes a collectivity: the nation, the class, the race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eighteen political parties and five electoral blocs are running.’
    • ‘If it votes as a bloc, it will be capable of imposing its concept of the good society on all the other groups.’
    • ‘But at present there are huge ‘imbalances’ between the world's main economic blocs.’
    • ‘They are almost certain to end up with strong parliamentary blocs.’
    • ‘Parties and electoral blocs were free to organize, with few exceptions, and a large number managed to register.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Individual member states were also in other, competing political and economic blocs, which made integration no easier.’
    • ‘It is depressing to see how people mostly voted in racial blocs.’
    • ‘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.’
    alliance, association, coalition, federation, confederation, league, faction, union, partnership, body, group, grouping
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Origin

Early 20th century: from French, literally ‘block’.

Pronunciation

bloc

/blɑk//bläk/