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hegemony
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hegemony

PRONUNCIATION:
(hi-JEM-uh-nee, HEJ-uh-moh-nee)

MEANING:
noun: Predominance over others, especially of a country over other countries.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hegemonia (leadership), from hegemon (leader), from hegeisthai (to lead). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sag- (to seek out), which is also the source of seek, ransack, ramshackle, forsake, and sagacious. Earliest documented use: 1567.

USAGE:
US hegemony is declining -- the era of overbearing US power is coming to an end."
End Looks Near for American Hegemony; New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Nov 10, 2009.

See more usage examples of hegemony in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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