from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Ascendancy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ascendancy.

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  • noun ascendancy; superiority.

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  • noun the state that exists when one person or group has power over another


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  • Yet the cast manages to coexist capably with the conceit, confidently propelling us through the drama of lords, priests and queens, in ascendance and decline, in Henry's intrigue-ridden court.

    Theater review: Folger Theatre's 'Henry VIII' Peter Marks 2010

  • But right now the only thing that will bring the Douthat faction into ascendance is the consistent defeat of the sort of politics and policies that Palin has embraced and may embrace.

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  • Her work for iD, Italian Vogue, and W Magazine reveals a talent in ascendance within the sphere of fashion photography.

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  • Gabe Lowy, who as a consumer-products analyst in the 1990s was perhaps the chief prophet of private-label ascendance then and is now a technology analyst with Noble Financial, believes private-label growth fizzled before for several reasons, including a relatively quick economic turnaround and more innovation by manufacturers.

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  • While Tom did pass the 520 plan, a popular bill for Eastsiders, his conservative vote against the Democrats’ budget revealed that he’s a bit of a finger-in-the-wind guy (he switched parties from GOP to Democrat when the Democrats were in ascendance in 2006.)

    Forget About the Tea Party: State GOP Counting on Moderate Candidates « PubliCola 2010

  • AN: It seems like literary nonfiction has really been in ascendance over the past decade or so, and yet I rarely read essays that have the sophistication, engagement with other art and literature, and turn of thought that distinguishes really great essays like your “Against Joie d’Vivre.”

    “I don’t understand the vogue for stripped-down sentences.” « PubliCola 2010

  • But it is leaders like Mr. Hunter and Mr. Warren who are in ascendance.

    December 2006 2006

  • It features an ambitious politician and her neglected son, and it achieves levels of cynicism I would have found implausible had I not witnessed the ascendance of Sarah Palin.

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  • It looks like something released in 1975, covered in the imagery bands once used to telegraph their ascendance to the rock aristocracy and send out the message: we are rich, we are famous, we've swapped the dank air of Aylesbury Friars for the kind of places people like you will only ever get to see when the Bounty hunters go searching for paradise in the ad breaks during World of Sport.

    Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown - review Alexis Petridis 2010

  • The slow disappearance of 'middle of the road' CNN between the opposing power of rightist-Fox and leftist-MSNBC in the broadcast realm is testimony to the ascendance of adversarial journalism.

    Charles H. Green: Stewart's and Colbert's Joke is On the Media Charles H. Green 2010


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