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he·gem·o·ny  audio  (h-jm-n, hj-mn) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. he·gem·o·nies
The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

ETYMOLOGY:
Greek hgemoni, from hgemn, leader ; see hegemon

OTHER FORMS:
hege·monic  (hj-mnk) KEY (Adjective), he·gemo·nism(Noun), he·gemo·nist(Adjective), (Noun)
Usage Note:
Hegemony may be stressed on either the first or second syllable, though the pronunciation with stress on the second syllable may be winning out. Seventy-two percent of the Usage Panel prefers it.


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