— hegemonic /hej'euh mon"ik/ , hegemonical , adj.
/hi jem"euh nee, hej"euh moh'nee/ , n. , pl. hegemonies .
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.
[ 1560-70; hegemonía leadership, supremacy, equiv. to hegemon- (s. of hegemón ) leader + -ia -Y 3 ]