Definitions of ascendancy

  1. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Alt. of Ascendance Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A governing or controlling power or influence; domination; away. Also, ascendency. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. See Ascendency. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for ascendancy

  1. You mean a bloodthirsty, supercilious, unprincipled ascendancy for whom the public exists only as a prey to be destroyed, who keep themselves close and mark men's steps that they may lay in wait for them; who forge chains for their country, who distrust and belie the people, who scoff at the complaints of the poor and needy, and who impudently call themselves Ireland. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  2. We can only imagine the steps by which he rose to his ascendancy as a dramatist. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck