hegemony

[ hi-jem-uh-nee, hej-uh-moh-nee ]
/ hɪˈdʒɛm ə ni, ˈhɛdʒ əˌmoʊ ni /

noun, plural he·gem·o·nies.

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

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Origin of hegemony

1560–70; <Greek hēgemonía leadership, supremacy, equivalent to hēgemon- (stem of hēgemṓn) leader + -ia-y3

OTHER WORDS FROM hegemony

heg·e·mon·ic [hej-uh-mon-ik], /ˌhɛdʒ əˈmɒn ɪk/, heg·e·mon·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·he·gem·o·ny, noun, plural an·ti·he·gem·o·nies, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hegemony

hegemony
/ (hɪˈɡɛmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc, or of one social class over others

Derived forms of hegemony

hegemonic (ˌhɛɡəˈmɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hegemony

C16: from Greek hēgemonia authority, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead
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