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  1. the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
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Also as·cend·ance, as·cend·ence.

Origin of ascendancy

First recorded in 1705–15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·as·cend·ance, nounnon·as·cend·an·cy, nounnon·as·cend·ence, nounnon·as·cend·en·cy, noun

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Related Words for ascendancy

predominance, dominance, control, jump, advantage, prevalence, ascendency, influence, rule, reign, supremacy, edge, superiority, dominion, command, sovereignty, sway, authority, pre-eminence

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Contemporary Examples of ascendancy

Historical Examples of ascendancy

  • 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.


    William Godwin

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


    James Anthony Froude

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for ascendancy


ascendency ascendance or ascendence (əˈsɛndəns)

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


1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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