VCR Lesson Four Presentation

Sam Miano

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The National Socialist German Workers' Party, known in the U.S. as the Nazi Party, rose to power in the late twenties and early thirties to establish ________ over the other political parties in Germany.
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And The Word Is...

hegemony (n.)

Dominance, especially of one political body over another

hegemonic (adj.)

Ruling or dominant in a political or social context


hegaisthai/hegeisthai (G.) - "to lead"

hegemon, hegemonia (G.) - "leader"

Summary of Origin: "Hegemony" was first first known to be used in the mid sixteenth century. Originally the roots were used to refer to Greek city-states establishing rule over others, such as Thebes in Boeotia. In modern situations, it was used in the 1860's in reference to Prussia's dominance over other German states.


- imperium

- supremacy

- predominance

- dominion


Not really any direct antonyms, but some that might work:

- impotence

- helplessness

- subordinance

- submissiveness


Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

A) Neither of the main two political parties in the United States has been able to establish hegemony over the other in Congress.

B) Mao Zedong's Communist Party of China had hegemony over all other political bodies in the country, allowing Chairman Mao to found the People's Republic of China.

C) When Christopher Columbus claimed hegemony of the West Indies in 1492, he was under the impression he had landed in India.

D) The Aztecs had a hegemonic rule over the pther Native american tribes and civilizations in central Mexico.