Meaning of hegemonic in English:



  • Ruling or dominant in a political or social context.

    ‘the bourgeoisie constituted the hegemonic class’
    • ‘It is related to domestic political considerations and the hegemonic position of Western powers.’
    • ‘All statements and accounts of the world disguise hegemonic power relations and dominant discourses.’
    • ‘Invariably in the process the culture of dominant groups emerge as hegemonic in nature.’
    • ‘Rational constraints are placed on this struggle through the balance of power or hegemonic domination.’
    • ‘As voices collide in this hegemonic relationship, social organization will be upset.’
    • ‘It is not enough for a hegemonic power to declare an official policy.’
    • ‘History tells us a lot about the fates of hegemonic powers, and it is a tale that should give Americans pause.’
    • ‘It is true that power that becomes hegemonic stirs up deep-seated desires of its annihilation.’
    • ‘The image of peace and order through a single hegemonic power centre has remained strong ever since.’
    • ‘You can be sure that each one is being worked on or worked over by the hegemonic powers.’
    • ‘Whether through bribes or threats, all will eventually fall into line behind the hegemonic imperialist power.’
    • ‘It would also reduce the ability of one hegemonic power to take unilateral action or domineer.’
    • ‘They are complicit with the hegemonic power of the institutions where they work.’
    • ‘But it is also acknowledged that states can establish and maintain regimes in the absence of hegemonic power.’
    • ‘Defence against the threat to the system posed by the USSR was one of the essential functions of the hegemonic power.’
    • ‘Order in this part of the world can be maintained only due to a balance of power or some hegemonic force.’
    • ‘The question now is, what lesson does this hold for the current hegemonic power?’
    • ‘They were a statement of working-class identity and a form of resistance to the hegemonic cultural values of the ruling class.’
    • ‘American capitalism, to be sure, has been politically and economically hegemonic through its state and its capitalist enterprises.’
    • ‘In this view, advertising's role is to maintain the hegemonic dominance of consumption as the prime source of human happiness.’



/ˌhɛɡɪˈmɒnɪk/ /ˌhɛdʒɪˈmɒnɪk/


Mid 17th century from Greek hēgemonikos ‘capable of commanding’, from hēgemōn ‘leader’.