ascendancy

noun as·cen·dan·cy \ ə-ˈsen-dən(t)-sē \
variants: or less commonly ascendency
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of ascendancy

: governing or controlling influence : domination

Examples of ascendancy in a Sentence

  1. the ascendancy of the government

  2. a book chronicling the ascendancy of fascism in Europe after World War I

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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

1641


ASCENDANCY Defined for English Language Learners

ascendancy

noun

Definition of ascendancy for English Language Learners

  • : a position of power in which someone can control or influence other people



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