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ascendancy

or ascendency

[uh-sen-duh n-see] /əˈsɛn dən si/
noun
1.
the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
Also, ascendance, ascendence.
Origin of ascendancy
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonascendance, noun
nonascendancy, noun
nonascendence, noun
nonascendency, noun
Synonyms
primacy, predominance, command, sovereignty, mastery, supremacy.
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  • The arts, as well as the arms of the enemy, were gaining the ascendancy there.

  • This Imogen is the moment of our ascendancy, this little period is all our own.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The High Church party obtained the ascendancy and abused their power.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • It was rumored that there lay the ultimate proof of Anglo-Saxon ascendancy.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • There is another aspect to Japan's ascendancy and her recognition by the West.

British Dictionary definitions for ascendancy

ascendancy

/əˈsɛndənsɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power
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Word Origin and History for ascendancy
n.

1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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