Definition of hegemony in US English:

hegemony

noun

  • Leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others.

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

Mid 16th century: from Greek hēgemonia, from hēgemōn ‘leader’, from hēgeisthai ‘to lead’.

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