Definition of bloc in English:

bloc

noun

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

    ‘a center-left voting bloc’
    • ‘The parliamentary members tended to coalesce in blocs, which were alliances in support of particular philosophies.’
    • ‘Individual member states were also in other, competing political and economic blocs, which made integration no easier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The centre of gravity in Europe is shifting decisively east, to where new blocs and alliances are already forming.’
    • ‘It is depressing to see how people mostly voted in racial blocs.’
    • ‘Or do we want them to emerge as resentful rivals in a world permanently divided into hostile trading blocs?’
    • ‘The major blocs in French politics each valorizes a collectivity: the nation, the class, the race.’
    • ‘The Second World War began with Germany's attack on Poland in 1939 and ended with the continent's division into two hostile blocs.’
    • ‘Parties and electoral blocs were free to organize, with few exceptions, and a large number managed to register.’
    • ‘They are almost certain to end up with strong parliamentary blocs.’
    • ‘But at present there are huge ‘imbalances’ between the world's main economic blocs.’
    • ‘Let me add two of my many college encounters with regard to the Soviet Union and the communist bloc.’
    • ‘Arithmetically nothing's happened - five seats lost here, six gained there, but the great blocs of party power are still intact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is to be expected that each of the world's blocs have their own interests and will try to protect them.’
    • ‘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.’
    alliance, association, coalition, federation, confederation, league, faction, union, partnership, body, group, grouping
    ring, syndicate
    concordat, entente, axis
    party, camp, lobby, wing, cabal, clique, coterie, caucus
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Origin

Early 20th century: from French, literally block.

Pronunciation

bloc

/bläk/