Vocabulary Builder: Hegemony

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Long Definition:

he·gem·o·ny [hi-jemuh-nee, hejuh-moh-nee] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

–noun, plural -nies.

1. leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
2. leadership; predominance.
3. (esp. among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.

[Origin: 1560–70; < Gk hégemonía leadership, supremacy, equiv. to hégemon- (s. of hégemn) leader + -ia -y3]

heg·e·mon·ic [hej-uhmon-ik] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation, heg·e·mon·i·cal, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Short Definition: leadership

Sentences:
Sparta exercised hegemony over neighboring city-states for many years.
The hegemony of the superpowers is often opposed in the UN.
The demagogue’s hegemony was applauded by many subject peoples.

Mnemonic:
Hedge>Money>Leader>Ship; While walking through the green fields of Britain I came to a great green hedge. I noticed that instead of leaves it was covered with money. Just as I was about to walk up and grab a fistful I heard a great ship’s horn. I looked up to see a huge ocean liner sailing down the top of the hedge. It was followed by a long line of smaller ships. This oceanliner was the leader ship.