Definition of hegemonic in English:


Syllabification: heg·e·mon·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌhegəˈmänik


  • Ruling or dominant in a political or social context: the bourgeoisie constituted the hegemonic class
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    • It is related to domestic political considerations and the hegemonic position of Western powers.
    • All statements and accounts of the world disguise hegemonic power relations and dominant discourses.
    • Invariably in the process the culture of dominant groups emerge as hegemonic in nature.


mid 17th century: from Greek hēgemonikos 'capable of commanding', from hēgemōn (see hegemony).

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