from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The predominance of one state or social group over others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Predominance; preponderance; leadership; specifically, headship or control exercised by one state over another or others, as through confederation or conquest: originally applied to such a relation often existing among the states of ancient Greece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Leadership; preponderant influence or authority; -- usually applied to the relation of a government or state to its neighbors or confederates.

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  • noun formal Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others.
  • noun 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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  • noun the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others


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

[Greek hēgemoniā, from hēgemōn, leader; see hegemon.]

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From Ancient Greek ἡγεμονία (hēgemonia, "supremacy or leadership, chief command"), from ἡγεμών (hegemon, "a leader, guide, commander, chief"), from ἡγέομαι (hēgeomai, "to lead").


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  • Your pronunciation key is wrong for this word. The first 'i' in the phonetic spelling is NOT pronounced as an ee, but as a short 'i' It is almost a schwah.

    November 8, 2009

  • I agree with Daveone here that there's something wrong, but I would also point at the stress patterns:

    in my idiolect, this should be /h?'??m?ni/.

    The AHD recording given has a surprisingly tense high front vowel there in the front syllable, but agrees that the second syllable /??/ should take the primary stress.

    November 10, 2009

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