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[uh-sen-shuh n]
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  1. the act of ascending; ascent.
  2. the Ascension, the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven.
  3. (initial capital letter) Ascension Day.

Origin of ascension

1300–50; Middle English ascencioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ascēnsiōn- (stem of ascēnsiō), equivalent to ascēns(us) risen up (past participle of ascendere, equivalent to ascend- climb up (see ascend) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsas·cen·sion·al, adjective


[uh-sen-shuh n]
  1. a British island in the S Atlantic Ocean: constituent part of St. Helena. 34 sq. mi. (88 sq. km).
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  1. the act of ascending
  2. astronomy the rising of a star above the horizon
Derived Formsascensional, adjective


  1. New Testament the passing of Jesus Christ from earth into heaven (Acts 1:9)


  1. an island in the S Atlantic, northwest of St Helena: uninhabited until claimed by Britain in 1815. Pop: 884 (2010 est). Area: 88 sq km (34 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for ascension


c.1300, "ascent of Christ into Heaven on the 40th day after the Resurrection," from Latin ascensionem (nominative ascensio) "a rising," noun of action from past participle stem of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Astronomical sense is recorded late 14c.; meaning "action of ascending" is from 1590s. Related: Ascensional.

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