hegemony

[ hi-jem-uh-nee, hej-uh-moh-nee ]
/ hɪˈdʒɛm ə ni, ˈhɛdʒ əˌmoʊ ni /

noun, plural he·gem·o·nies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. hegelianism,
  2. hegemon,
  3. hegemonic,
  4. hegemonism,
  5. hegemonist,
  6. hegglin's anomaly,
  7. hegira,
  8. hegumen,
  9. heh,
  10. heian

Origin of hegemony

1560–70; < Greek hēgemonía leadership, supremacy, equivalent to hēgemon- (stem of hēgemṓn) leader + -ia -y3

Related formsheg·e·mon·ic [hej-uh-mon-ik] /ˌhɛdʒ əˈmɒn ɪk/, heg·e·mon·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·he·gem·o·ny, noun, plural an·ti·he·gem·o·nies, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hegemony

hegemony

/ (hɪˈɡɛmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc, or of one social class over others
Derived Formshegemonic (ˌhɛɡəˈmɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hegemony

C16: from Greek hēgemonia authority, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead

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Word Origin and History for hegemony

hegemony

n.

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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