Hegemony is political or cultural dominance or authority over others. The hegemony of the popular kids over the other students means that they determine what is and is not cool.

Hegemony comes from the Greek hegemon “leader.” Wealthy lender nations hoping to determine political outcomes and trade decisions have established hegemony over the debtor nations they lend to. As well as the dominance of one group or nation over others, hegemony is also the term for the leading group or nation itself. During the American Revolution, colonists fought to throw off the British hegemony.

Definitions of hegemony
  1. noun

    the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others

    hegemony of a single member state is not incompatible with a genuine confederation”
    “to say they have priority is not to say they have complete
    “the consolidation of the United States’
    hegemony over a new international economic system”
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    type of:

    form of government, political system

    the members of a social organization who are in power

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