[hi-jem-uh-nee, hej-uh-moh-nee]
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noun, plural he·gem·o·nies.
  1. leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
  2. leadership; predominance.
  3. (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 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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Related Words for hegemony

predominance, leadership, command, power, authority

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Contemporary Examples of hegemony

Historical Examples of hegemony

  • Her seniors in point of time, they have been outdistanced in the race for Balkan hegemony.


    Frank Fox

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

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

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

  • At one time Russia seemed destined to the hegemony of the Pacific.

  • 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 plural -nies
  1. 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

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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