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
Mr Sun’s downfall appears to reflect something different: Mr Xi’s methodical ascendancy.
Wells tested Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood with the game approaching the final five minutes, as Huddersfield, in the ascendancy, searched for a late winner.
Some conservative intellectuals attribute Trump’s ascendancy to a betrayal of conservative ideals.
Macron’s ascendancy appears all the more starry when compared to the volley of political convulsions in neighboring Britain.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, in the middle of its ascendancy in Yemen, had bombed the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Sanaa in December 2014.
But, in the coming months, his rapid ascendancy in the renewable-energy cosmos might make the boast seem less of a joke.
Existing judicial and congressional restraints were substantially reduced during the decades of Democratic ascendancy, the demands of the civil-rights revolution, the steady growth of entitlements, and the Cold War.
Labour is likely to hang onto its ascendancy for now.
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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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