ascendant

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noun

as·​cen·​dant ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio)
variants or less commonly ascendent
1
: the point of the ecliptic or degree of the zodiac that rises above the eastern horizon at any moment
2
: a state or position of dominant power or importance
3
: a lineal or collateral relative in the ascending line

ascendant

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adjective

variants or less commonly ascendent
1
a
: moving upward : rising
b
: directed upward
an ascendant stem
2
ascendantly adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Singh is the face of 46 brands in India and his equity is in the ascendant, according to the 2022 Celebrity Brand Valuation Report by Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps). Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 The key difference between the queen and the queen consort is that the queen is an ascendant to the throne through succession. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2022 The theme of youth ascendant carried over to Saturday night’s performance, for which the BSO yielded the stage to the students and early-career musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 The fast-ascendant baritone Jarrett Ott, as Seward, mastered a demanding tessitura and vividly conveyed the character’s arrogance and agony. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The unique placement of the planets in the houses is determined by your rising sign, also known as your ascendant. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Harris's North Node of Destiny in Sagittarius falls on his ascendant in Sagittarius, which means that their pairing is fated in the stars. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020 The ruler of the ascendant is Jupiter, which is located in the first house. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020 Another good sign: On Election Day, the Moon will be in Gemini, on Harris's ascendant, and on the transiting North Node of Destiny. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2020
Adjective
Following World War I, however, voters began repudiating progressivism, and by the time the political left was ascendant again in the 1930s under Franklin D. Roosevelt, erstwhile progressives had rebranded themselves as liberals. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 That trend could be tested in a year where conservative voters may be ascendant. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Nov. 2022 Just as these figures have helped further raise her already-ascendant star, Bklava too is paying it forward as a co-founder of Spin Suga, a platform for elevating female and non-binary DJs, producers, presenters and musicians. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2022 Once-ascendant far-right populists have seen their advance stall, if not reverse. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Personal, factional and ideological differences figured in the defections, along with the lure of then-ascendant Islamic State and objections to the Taliban’s cooperation with Al Qaeda. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Even at the time, some cinephiles perceived Kael’s essay as an effort to discredit the auteur theory, the then-ascendant notion that the best directors were responsible for the stylistic imprints of their films. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2020 Far-right parties are also ascendant in France, Germany, Belgium, and Spain. The Week Staff, The Week, 9 Oct. 2022 His father, who sold food-packaging equipment, had some George Carlin CDs, but Gillis was more drawn to high-energy comics like Carlos Mencia and Dane Cook, who were ascendant in the early two-thousands. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English ascendent, from Medieval Latin ascendent-, ascendens, from Latin, present participle of ascendere

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascendant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ascendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascendant. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ascendant 1 of 2

noun

as·​cen·​dant ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio)
: a state or position of commanding power

ascendant

2 of 2

adjective

1
: moving up : rising
2
a
: in a superior position
b
: inclined to control

Legal Definition

ascendant

noun

as·​cen·​dant
ə-ˈsen-dənt

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