Definition of ascendancy
: governing or controlling influence : domination
Examples of ascendancy in a Sentence
the ascendancy of the government
a book chronicling the ascendancy of fascism in Europe after World War I
Recent Examples of ascendancy from the Web
The Internet, with its hives of hate groups, has fed that feeling, especially with the ascendancy of the alt-right during the 2016 presidential election.
United’s ascendancy is all the more remarkable given that the team was absent from Europe’s elite Champions League for the entire year.
Her ascendancy comes at a key moment, House Speaker Tina Kotek said.
The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, which Cook led before his new assignment, said his ascendancy within the Justice Department bodes well for prosecutors who felt handcuffed by Obama-era policies.
This is either a chorus for the damned — or the sound of pork's ascendancy.
The personal computer was in its ascendancy, and many inside and outside Sun thought the company had missed major opportunities in the desktop market.
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Did You Know?
In the course of a year, the sun appears to pass through the twelve constellations of the zodiac in sequence, and all the planets also lie close to the solar path. The constellation and planet that are just rising, or ascendant, above the eastern horizon in the sun's path at the moment of a child's birth are said by astrologers to exercise a lifelong controlling influence over the child. This is the idea that lies at the heart of ascendancy, though the word today no longer hints at supernatural powers.
First Known Use of ascendancy
ASCENDANCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ascendancy for English Language Learners
: a position of power in which someone can control or influence other people
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