hegemony

[hi-jem-uh-nee, hej-uh-moh-nee]
noun, plural hegemonies.
1.
leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation.
2.
leadership; predominance.
3.
(especially among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.

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

hegemonic [hej-uh-mon-ik] , hegemonical, adjective
antihegemony, noun, plural antihegemonies, adjective
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hegemony (hɪˈɡɛmənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc, or of one social class over others
 
[C16: from Greek hēgemonia authority, from hēgemōn leader, from hēgeisthai to lead]
 
hegemonic
 
adj

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hegemony
1567, from Gk. hegemonia "leadership," from hegemon "leader," from hegeisthai "to lead." Originally of predominance of one city state or another in Gk. history.
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  but the most profitable trash.
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