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[hi-jem-uh-nee, hej-uh-moh-nee] /hɪˈdʒɛm ə ni, ˈhɛdʒ əˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural hegemonies.
leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
leadership; predominance.
(especially among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.
Origin of hegemony
1560-70; < Greek hēgemonía leadership, supremacy, equivalent to hēgemon- (stem of hēgemṓn) leader + -ia -y3
Related forms
[hej-uh-mon-ik] /ˌhɛdʒ əˈmɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
hegemonical, adjective
antihegemony, noun, plural antihegemonies, adjective Unabridged
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  • Her seniors in point of time, they have been outdistanced in the race for Balkan hegemony.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • There were papers from other planets now under the hegemony of Mekin.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • At one time Russia seemed destined to the hegemony of the Pacific.

  • For very many years the European hegemony had been unquestioned.

  • No; I will not agitate for extermination of the Government and hegemony over the Mob.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for hegemony


noun (pl) -nies
ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc, or of one social class over others
Derived Forms
hegemonic (ˌhɛɡəˈmɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek hēgemonia authority, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead
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Word Origin and History for hegemony

1560s, from Greek hegemonia "leadership, a leading the way, a going first;" also "the authority or sovereignty of one city-state over a number of others," as Athens in Attica, Thebes in Boeotia; from hegemon "leader," from hegeisthai "to lead," perhaps originally "to track down," from PIE *sag-eyo-, from root *sag- "to seek out, track down, trace" (see seek). Originally of predominance of one city state or another in Greek history; in reference to modern situations from 1860, at first of Prussia in relation to other German states.

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