- The definition of hegemony is leadership or dominance of one group over another.
An example of hegemony is the student government leadership in a school.
Origin of hegemonyClassical Greek hēgemonia, leadership ; from hēgemōn, leader ; from hēgeisthai, to lead, go on ahead ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sāg-, to track down from source sake, seek
Origin of hegemonyGreek hēgemoniā, from hēgemōn, leader; see hegemon.
- (formal) 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 (hēgemonia, “supremacy or leadership, chief command”), from ἡγεμών (hegemon, “a leader, guide, commander, chief”), from ἡγέομαι (hēgeomai, “to lead”).