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Noam Chomsky

In a word: Hegemony

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: HEGEMONY A word your are most likely to encounter in articles about politics, particularly international politics, hegemony (pronounced huh-JEM-oh-nee) refers to one country's or social groups' dominance over others — the kind of word you expect to see in an article by Noam Chomsky or a formal statement of the People's Republic of China. We get it in English from the Greek hegemonia, which in turn comes from hegemon, "leader." Hegemon has been...