Faced with an ascendant Newt Gingrich, the former Massachusetts governor took off the gloves, and went for the throat.
Gay marriage is ascendant, driven by a rapidly shifting public opinion.
Just last year, it seemed as if Hamas—with the Brotherhood dominating Egyptian electoral politics—might be ascendant.
Right now the two rock stars are ascendant and consuming all the oxygen.
Such a role would jibe with the aspirations of an ascendant Turkey, which is pushing for greater regional clout.
Whether the bad might have gained the ascendant, or the good triumphed, I know not.
In '41, Captain Maconochie's mark system was in the ascendant.
Eppie, like the ascendant race again, made prompt and shameless use of the avowed and very apparent weakness.
The criminal in him was now in the ascendant; he was alert, cool, suspicious, and insolent.
Thus far every one has made money, as is always the case when speculation is in the ascendant.
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.