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

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

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There’s a trickle of vinegar and lemon in lieu of calamansi, but salt is in ascendance. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 The surprise cross-party deal shows how the ascendance of nativist and anti-immigration parties is scrambling longstanding political alliances. Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Swedish Political Deadlock Broken as Allegiances Collapse," 16 Jan. 2019 But the ascendance of the Greens and other smaller parties meant that the center-left party, the Social Democrats, got absolutely clobbered. Jen Kirby, Vox, "German leader Angela Merkel was just dealt a major political blow," 15 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of ascendance

1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ascendance

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

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