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Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἡγεμονία (hēgemonia) "supremacy" or "leadership", which comes from hegeisthai "to lead".

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Noun

Singular
hegemony

Plural
hegemon

hegemony (hegemon)
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  1. (formal) Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others (e.g.: internationally among nation-states, and regionally over social classes, between languages or even culture).
    The two political parties battled viciously for hegemony.
  2. Dominance of one social group over another, such that the ruling group or hegemon acquires some degree of consent from the subordinate, as opposed to dominance purely by force

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