from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Superiority or decisive advantage; domination: "Germany only awaits trade revival to gain an immense mercantile ascendancy” ( Winston S. Churchill).

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  • n. The process or period of one's ascent
  • n. Supremacy; superiority; dominant control; the quality of being in the ascendant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as ascendency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
  • n. Synonyms Influence, Authority, Ascendancy, etc. (see authority), mastery, dominion, superiority, advantage, upper hand.
  • n. Same as ancestry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another


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From ascendant +‎ -cy


  • Benitez had been prepared to use him if necessary on Saturday, with the prospect of overturning Chelsea's 3-1 first leg lead seemingly more remote than catching United, who regained the title ascendancy in unconvincing fashion with their 2-1 win at Sunderland.

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  • In a 1987 interview, he deplored what he called the ascendancy of "right-wing kooks (and) the ugly spirit (of Reagan's not so subtle message that) you should go get yours and run."

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  • Christianity was in ascendancy, and its power was secured when Constantine made it the official state religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century.

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  • Instead, bad ideas are likely to gain ascendancy and provide political cover for American politicians trying to avoid making the tough choices needed to right the American economy.

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  • Their continued ascendancy is a major blow — tilt the message and you gradually tilt the mind — to the left and to moderates.

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  • This twin ascendancy of identity means that, when relating to the Untied States or the United Nations or the world at large, Chinese and Indian nationalism grows.

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  • Business was in ascendancy after the devastation of the Second World War and the 1950s to the 1970s saw the development of the international corporation carrying on business in many countries.

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  • Similarly, it doesn't matter which party is in ascendancy in Canada - Canada will not change substantially.


  • The blue ascendancy is nearly as strong among Republicans as it is among Democrats.

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  • But now the stunning midterm ascendancy of the Republicans boosts Rove into a new category; a major political realignment may hereby be ascribed to his mastery, his grand plan.



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  • He was not afraid of the natives; they would not stir till Mr. Kurtz gave the word. His ascendancy was extraordinary.

    -Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

    March 19, 2011