from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that exercises hegemony.

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  • n. A dominating leader, or force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leader; a ruling power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leading or paramount power


Greek hēgemōn, leader, from hēgeisthai, to lead; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἡγεμών (hegemon, "a leader, guide, commander, chief"), from ἡγέομαι (hēgeomai, "to lead"). (Wiktionary)


  • (Acts 13: 7; 18: 12; 19: 38) For the governor of an imperial province, properly styled "legatus Caesaris," the word hegemon (governor) is used in the New Testament.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The word hegemon, of course, is loaded, because the Chinese have used it as a pejorative to describe the role of the United States.

    What's At Stake In The South China Sea

  • The word hegemon, of course, is loaded, because the Chinese have used it as a pejorative to describe the role the United States.

    What's At Stake In The South China Sea

  • In the time of Caligula the administration of Africa was divided in such a way that the military power, with the foreign policy, was under the control of the lieutenant of the emperor, who could be called a hegemon (as in St. Luke), while the internal affairs were under the ordinary proconsul.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Of course, the whole dynamic only really works if we're perceived as a benevolent hegemon, which is one of the reasons why the Iraqi Misadventure is so damaging to US interests.

    Matthew Yglesias

  • China has since said it has no such plans March: Chinese officials tell their U.S. counterparts that Beijing considers South China Sea a 'core interest' — on a par with Taiwan and Tibet May: A PLA rear admiral calls the U.S. a 'hegemon' at U.S.

    China's Army Extends Sway

  • At a meeting with visiting U.S. officials in May, PLA navy Rear Adm. Guan Youfei accused the U.S. of being a "hegemon" and treating China as an enemy, to the apparent embarrassment of Chinese diplomats present, according to people familiar with the situation.

    China's Army Extends Sway

  • Mirror imaging these nightmare scenarios on the other side "" were predictions about the emergence of Turkey as a Middle Eastern "hegemon" or superpower that was challenging and counterbalancing the power of the pro-Israeli and anti-Muslim American Empire and helping create the foundations of a New Middle East and the Post-American World.

    Leon T. Hadar: Talking Turkey About Turkey

  • Guan accused the United States of being a "hegemon" and of plotting to encircle China with strategic alliances.

    In Chinese admiral's outburst, a lingering distrust of U.S.

  • American people to accept their inner "hegemon" with a tirade against those who say it's time for the United States to reduce its military budget and begin addressing its economic and social problems.

    Obama Pleases the Neocons


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  • Alas, I was homeschooled.

    August 30, 2007

  • What? You didn't get a printed dictionary for graduating grade school, uselessness?

    August 30, 2007

  • My parents aren't terribly literary. I think I only asked my dad what a word meant once, and his response was "look it up." So that became the normal procedure for me. Of course, I grew up on the internet, and has been my friend for many years.

    August 30, 2007

  • I remember when I read Ender's Game (not a big fan) I saw this word and had to ask my father what it meant. I'm sure I asked him the meaning of many words during my childhood, but for some reason, this one sticks out.

    August 30, 2007

  • When I first heard about the naming convention of Digimon, I secretly wished there were one named "Hegemon". :-P

    August 30, 2007