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hegemon Line breaks: hege|mon
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛdʒɪmɒn/

Definition of hegemon in English:


A supreme leader.
Example sentences
  • The revolutionary and Napoleonic period would see three European hegemons dominate European international politics.
  • It seeks to prevent the emergence of a rival hegemon, and the doctrine of ‘preemptive strike’ is part of that.
  • France led the charge against the hegemon, and she wasn't alone.


Early 20th century: from Greek hēgemōn.

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