Definitions of ascendency

  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. Governing or controlling influence; domination; power. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Superior influence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Governing or controlling influence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for ascendency

  1. She had involuntarily gained that entire ascendency over his whole being which made her the world to him. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  2. Perhaps during her hysterics Jane's conduct was not under control, but subsequent silence was in her power, and could she be free from blame if Esther's faults gained greater ascendency – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge