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
Recent Examples on the Web That was a direct and deliberate contrast to the ascendance of political correctness. NBC News, "Barstool Sports and the persistence of traditional masculinity in sports culture," 21 Sep. 2019 Having bought off almost every party save for nationalists and populists, the European Union is, ironically, guaranteeing the very thing it was created to stop: the ascendance of nationalist parties to domination of Europe. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Why Brexit Matters," 31 Jan. 2020 His team was new to cutthroat politics, charmingly dazzled by their sudden overnight ascendance, and alternated between being startlingly adept and shockingly naive. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Things have changed for Venezuela. But they're not what Juan Guaido hoped for," 21 Jan. 2020 But while being a dairy farmer is tough, the industry isn’t exactly wringing its hands over the ascendance (pdf) of milk-like beverages made from almonds, oats, peas, bananas, cashews, yeast, and soy. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Plant-based milks aren’t the reason US dairies are struggling," 21 Dec. 2019 Climate change, too, may be aiding mouse’s ascendance. Esther Mobley,, "The mysterious and not fully understandable wine defect popping up in natural wines: mouse," 24 Sep. 2019 Our economy is far less energy-intensive now, thanks to the service sector’s ascendance. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Why oil price swings won't burn America's economy or your 401(k)," 25 Aug. 2019 But that game, and the ascendance of Yoko Taro's eccentric design ideas, would have never happened without this one. 6. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames," 28 Dec. 2019 Vietnam’s economic ascendance was built on an efficient but low-paid labor force ramping up exports during a period of rapid expansion of global trade. Washington Post, "Why Kim Jong Un Is Looking to Vietnam for Lessons," 18 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ascendance

1715, in the meaning defined above

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“Ascendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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