• Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others.
  • 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.


  • From Ancient Greek ἡγεμονία ("supremacy or leadership, chief command"), from ἡγεμών, from ἡγέομαι. Early 19th-century usage influenced by German Hegemonie.

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