Definition of hegemony in English:



  • [mass noun] Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others.

    ‘Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871’
    • ‘In the east, the seventh-century crisis similarly undermined aristocratic hegemony.’
    • ‘Will Europe ever get a clue, or will they just kowtow to U.S. hegemony?’
    • ‘Under this strategy they are going to bring the whole world under their hegemony.’
    • ‘In the power politics of this struggle for hegemony, the new cold war is not much different from the old cold war.’
    • ‘Nevertheless its defeat was a massive blow to US hegemony in the region.’
    • ‘The problem for the ruling class is how to reassert such hegemony.’
    • ‘In its early years it was seen by the Soviet Union as an instrument of Western hegemony.’
    • ‘American hegemony in defence will, however, remain unchallenged for as long ahead as can be contemplated.’
    • ‘It is not a battle for territorial domination, ideological supremacy or economic hegemony.’
    • ‘It has no basis in anything other than the social reality its hegemony constructs.’
    • ‘Yet, while imperialism has generally withered, other forms of domination or hegemony have arisen.’
    • ‘The ruling classes in Europe and Japan are far less willing to accept US hegemony.’
    • ‘The almighty dollar, which at one time served as a tool of hegemony, is not as viable a tool at present.’
    • ‘US military hegemony is no longer underwritten by equivalent global economic supremacy.’
    • ‘Driven by its economic crisis, it is attempting to reorganise the globe under its hegemony.’
    • ‘It is striking how exactly this coincided with the end of the world hegemony of British imperialism.’
    • ‘On the military level, it is much more difficult for Europe to challenge American hegemony.’
    • ‘For Marxists, US hegemony was a specific phase of capitalist expansion in the post-war era.’
    • ‘It has been a strong supporter of United States hegemony, and therefore also of the NATO alliance.’
    • ‘At a cultural level, there are signs that the bourgeois hegemony is being challenged by our taste for the tasteless.’
    leadership, dominance, dominion, supremacy, ascendancy, predominance, primacy, authority, mastery, control, power, sway, rule, sovereignty
    predomination, paramountcy, prepotence, prepotency, prepollency
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Mid 16th century: from Greek hēgemonia, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead.