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Meaning of hegemony

he•gem•o•ny

Pronunciation: (hi-jem'u-nē, hej'u-mō"nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
  1. leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
  2. leadership; predominance.
  3. (esp. among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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