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ascendancy

or as·cend·en·cy

[uh-sen-duh n-see]
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noun
  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

Synonyms

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primacy, predominance, command, sovereignty, mastery, supremacy.
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Examples from the Web for ascendency

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Historical Examples

  • The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • He was quite aware of his own ascendency in counsel and his supremacy in debate.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In June, '71, the Democratic rule gained the ascendency at Concord.

  • They do not desire equality, they are resolved on ascendency.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • It was from our ancestors that ascendency received its death-blow.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for ascendency

ascendancy

ascendency ascendance or ascendence (əˈsɛndəns)

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

n.

alternative spelling of ascendancy (see -ance).

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ascendancy

n.

1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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