ascendancy ascendancy  /ə ˈsɛn dən si/


  • (n) the state that exists when one person or group has power over another


  1. The ascendancy of the drug mafia in the country has left the government puzzled.
  2. The way Kim Clijsters has clawed her way back into tennis ascendancy is remarkable.
  3. The ascendancy of the BRIC countries in the twenty first century has not gone unnoticed in the West.



  1. "Normally there is a love-hate relationship, but I think love is in the ascendancy now as far as the rest of the country and New York," Koch said. "We did very well, and I'm very grateful to the people of the United States for being so...
    on Jun 9, 2008 By: Ed Koch Source: FOXNews

  2. "I found him to be a smart guy who understood the issues very well," Bush said of Medvedev. "But I'm not surprised. After all, he has been very close to foreign policy issues up until his ascendancy to the presidency."
    on Jul 7, 2008 By: President Bush Source: TMCnet

  3. Asked whether Paisley's departure from atop the government could spell trouble for its survival, Adams said, "There'll only be instability if those who don't want progress get into the ascendancy."
    on Sep 8, 2007 By: Gerry Adams Source: News 10NBC

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