heg·​e·​mon | \ ˈhe-jə-ˌmän How to pronounce hegemon (audio) , ˈhē-\

Definition of hegemon

: something (such as a political state) having dominant influence or authority over others : one possessing hegemony These were the periods in which England and then America filled the role of hegemon— Robert Heilbroner The American self-image of a mighty power that is also a benign hegemon, the global custodian of democratic values and human rights, is deeply rooted.— Allister Sparks

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Foreign experts are noticing that Chinese elites are increasingly willing to talk about how the West is finished and how China is the benevolent hegemon of the future. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "1989: The Year of Unfulfilled Hopes," 28 Dec. 2018 Perhaps in a decade or two historians will look back and point to this policy or that event as the turning-point in China’s emergence as a financial hegemon. The Economist, "Why foreigners are keen buyers of Chinese government bonds," 28 June 2018 And so this undercuts the narrative of China being the global hegemon, the U.S. in terminal decline, that the Chinese will rule east Asia, all of that goes out the window in one summit. Fox News, "How Trump differs from past presidents on North Korea," 12 June 2018 But he is singularly disinterested in shouldering the burdens that come with being a global hegemon. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees," 18 Apr. 2018 But in 2005 this backwater bank incurred the wrath and might of the world’s financial hegemon. The Economist, "The long arm of the dollar," 19 May 2018 For example, a political transformation of even a subtle kind inside Iran, the regional hegemon, will have a greater impact on the region than anything America has done or will do. chicagotribune.com, "Baathism caused the chaos in Iraq and Syria," 7 Mar. 2018 Being a global tech hegemon has been lucrative for America. The Economist, "SchumpeterHow does Chinese tech stack up against American tech?," 15 Feb. 2018 The sheer strength of America, which has been the world’s hegemon since 1945, has led allies to reflexively rely on the United States, creating a status quo bias where relations between nations remain frozen. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Could This Madman Accidentally Bring Peace to the Korean Peninsula?," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hegemon

1904, in the meaning defined above

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Greek hēgemōn

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