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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Recent Examples on the Web Britain, the hegemon of the day, had a uniquely powerful capacity to turn the propagation of shock to its advantage. Nicholas A. Lambert, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 America remains the global hegemon—culturally, financially, technologically. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2022 Having India on board would help the U.S. ensure that China doesn’t dominate Asia as a hegemon. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 Following his death, Mr. McFall will not have a successor as hegemon of fiction; his duties, like most others at the Strand, will be shared. Alex Traub, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Conflict is highly likely whenever a hegemon confronts a formidable rising power. Damon Linker, The Week, 21 Sep. 2021 Either China is the hegemon in East Asia, or the United States is. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2021 Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale was published in 1953, less than a decade after World War II's conclusion saw Britain finally lose its status as global hegemon to the ascendant United States. Christian Holub, EW.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Instead of being investigated for a litany of abuses, Raisi is taking over the highest elected office in a country that is now the hegemon in the Middle East. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hegemon

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hegemon

Greek hēgemōn

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“Hegemon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hegemon. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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