as·​cen·​dance | \ə-ˈsen-dən(t)s \
variants: or less commonly ascendence

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studied the ascendance of modernism in 20th-century art and design

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With the ascendance of Juicy Couture, JAP style was finally dictating the mainstream. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 The social media ascendance of mystics, brujas, and the #WitchesofInstagram is one of the greatest uses of the Internet of our time, and not just on Halloween. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 Thousands of soccer fans held a pep rally to celebrate Cincinnati's surprising ascendance on the pitch. Joe Kay,, "FC Cincinnati to join MLS in 2019 as league's latest expansion team," 29 May 2018 Pompeo’s ascendance may reduce public disagreements between the White House and Foggy Bottom, but the timing and manner of Tillerson’s firing only confirm that Trump still controls policy from the White House. Elizabeth N. Saunders, Washington Post, "Could Mike Pompeo actually succeed as secretary of state?," 13 Mar. 2018 At the root of this analysis, of course, is the assumption that liberalism has been on a steady, triumphant march — that a progressive ascendance sparks a conservative reaction. Cameron Tung, New York Times, "Online or in Politics, ‘Backlash’ Is as Predictable as Weather," 24 Apr. 2018 Only the arrogant ascendance of psychiatry in postwar America—warmly remembered by Neubauer's former research assistant, Natasha Josefowitz—can account for the researchers' duplicity. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 His political ascendance is the product of a savvy bet that there would be no meaningful consequences for abusing the hallowed norms of Washington. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 The arrival of Doncic and the continued ascendance of Smith Jr. should ease the defensive pressure on Barnes. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Projected starting 5 for the Mavs next season has to include Luka Doncic, right?," 25 June 2018

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ascendance

: the act of rising or moving up : the act of ascending

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