noun \hi-ˈje-mə-nē, -ˈge-; ˈhe-jə-ˌmō-nē\

: influence or control over another country, a group of people, etc.

Full Definition of HEGEMONY

:  preponderant influence or authority over others :  domination <battled for hegemony in Asia>
:  the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
heg·e·mon·ic \ˌhe-jə-ˈmä-nik, ˌhe-gə-\ adjective

Examples of HEGEMONY

  1. They discussed the national government's hegemony over their tribal community.
  2. <European intellectuals have long debated the consequences of the hegemony of American popular culture around the world.>
  3. … the very concept of scientific truth can only represent a social construction invented by scientists (whether consciously or not) as a device to justify their hegemony over the study of nature. —Stephen Jay Gould, Science, 14 Jan. 2000

Origin of HEGEMONY

Greek hēgemonia, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead — more at seek
First Known Use: 1567

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with HEGEMONY


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