Hegemony is a word I have never heard before. This was until last week. It appeared in an article submitted by one of the people in my writers’ critique group. (I am in two such groups)
When reading an article about one of the members who recently made a trip to Cuba, she used the word hegemony in her essay.
This caused me to scramble for the dictionary. Or at least my laptop since I tend to look up definitions online instead of in my dusty dictionary that still holds a place on a bookshelf.
The word means leadership or predominance. It can also mean influence or authority over others. This can be social, cultural, ideological or economic influence exerted by a dominant group.
Hegemony can especially mean aggression or expansionism by a larger nation in an effort to achieve world domination.