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Definition of "ascendancy" []

  • Superiority or decisive advantage; domination: "Germany only awaits trade revival to gain an immense mercantile ascendancy” ( Winston S. Churchill). (noun)
  • The condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power (noun)

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Use "ascendancy" in a sentence
  • "Benitez had been prepared to use him if necessary on Saturday, with the prospect of overturning Chelsea's 3-1 first leg lead seemingly more remote than catching United, who regained the title ascendancy in unconvincing fashion with their 2-1 win at Sunderland."
  • "In a 1987 interview, he deplored what he called the ascendancy of "right-wing kooks (and) the ugly spirit (of Reagan's not so subtle message that) you should go get yours and run.""
  • "Christianity was in ascendancy, and its power was secured when Constantine made it the official state religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century."