Definition of hegemony in English:


Line breaks: he¦gem|ony
Pronunciation: /hɪˈdʒɛməni
, -ˈɡɛ-/


[mass noun]
Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others: Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871
More example sentences
  • Yet, while imperialism has generally withered, other forms of domination or hegemony have arisen.
  • It is striking how exactly this coincided with the end of the world hegemony of British imperialism.
  • For Marxists, US hegemony was a specific phase of capitalist expansion in the post-war era.


mid 16th century: from Greek hēgemonia, from hēgemōn 'leader', from hēgeisthai 'to lead'.

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