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ascendant

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adjective

(also ascendent)
  • 1Rising in power or influence.

    ‘ascendant moderate factions in the party’
    • ‘Political and power compulsions were ascendant.’
    • ‘To do so would only risk alienating and provoking conflict with a rising Europe and an ascendant Asia.’
    • ‘This was something of a milestone in Hollywood history, signaling the ascendant power of the producer over the director.’
    • ‘The supposed transfer of allegiance from the older, declining imperial power to the ascendant one oversimplifies Curtin's choice.’
    • ‘Vast fortunes were made and an already wealthy city became the ascendant center of power in the new United States.’
    • ‘The strategic decision by the United States to try and convince the Shah to share some of his power with the ascendant middle class was the result of a combination of factors.’
    • ‘This is an exciting time for the written word: it is adapting to the ascendant medium, which happens to be the most immediate, universal, and democratic medium that has ever existed.’
    • ‘The collectivist delusion was flatly incompatible with an international division of labor: When the former was ascendant, the latter could not survive.’
    • ‘A good book, written by one person for any number of selfish and unselfish reasons, goes against the clockwork agenda so ascendant everywhere in the world.’
    • ‘The ascendant ideologies of domestic and foreign security share a nexus in privileging the rights of a state over the collective rights of its citizens.’
    • ‘Fair or not, that is the ascendant view of the moment.’
    • ‘The euro was launched as a symbol of a new ascendant Europe.’
    • ‘This hegemony was sanctioned by an ascendant authority, namely science.’
    • ‘The growth of the exercise phenomenon was inexorably bound up with the ascendant women's movement.’
    • ‘Less often considered is whether this ascendant legalism is good or bad for global prosperity and stability.’
    • ‘This has an interesting counterpoint - the ascendent political correctness of the right.’
    • ‘It's not that conservatism is on the wane; in fact I would argue that the great difficulty is that conservatism is the ascendant political philosophy in this country.’
    • ‘During this period the conception of excessive drinking as a moral problem, as a vice demanding punishment, remained ascendant over the notion of alcoholism as a disease requiring treatment.’
    • ‘The contradictions between an ascendant democratic movement and a timeworn media oligarchy are extreme.’
    • ‘The uneasy ceasefire between an authoritative church and an ascendant political class may be at an end.’
    rising, rising in power, in the ascendant, on the up and up, on the way up, up-and-coming, on the rise, growing, increasing, flourishing, prospering, burgeoning, developing, budding
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  • 2Astrology
    (of a planet, zodiacal degree, or sign) just above the eastern horizon.

    ‘The Astrofaces research project seeks to verify astrology for modern science with photographs grouped by the sun, moon and ascendant signs of the subjects.’
    • ‘It could be said that the Midheaven sign represents our life goal; the ascendant sign represents our way of achieving that goal, or our unconscious strategy for attaining it.’
    • ‘Obviously, if the ascendant sign could be either of two signs, this greatly affects the evaluation.’
    • ‘Does anyone know a website where you can find out what your ascendent sign is?’
    • ‘I make sure to read both my sun sign and my ascendant, Cancer and Leo respectively.’

Pronunciation

ascendant

/əˈsendənt/ /əˈsɛndənt/

noun

(also ascendent)
Astrology
  • The point on the ecliptic at which it intersects the eastern horizon at a particular time, typically that of a person's birth.

    ‘If not, then use the ascendant if the birth was preceded by a New Moon.’
    • ‘He was certainly unaware of Pluto transiting the 1066 ascendant at the time of Cromwell's birth.’
    • ‘Saturn is considered a benefic and yogakarak for libra ascendants.’
    • ‘Your desire to take action comes from that very potent Mars that sits right on your Leo ascendant.’
    • ‘A neutral Saturn would probably err on the side of maturity through the Capricorn ascendant.’

Pronunciation

ascendant

/əˈsendənt/ /əˈsɛndənt/

Phrases

    in the ascendant
    • Rising in power or influence.

      ‘the reformers are in the ascendant’
      • ‘By that time electronic telegraph was in the ascendent, and would grow to supplant the European semaphore networks.’
      • ‘The politics section gets the most heated - sometimes it seems the right is in the ascendent, sometimes the left - but there's also some excellent news you might not get elsewhere.’
      • ‘Tories had already suffered losses in the Irish general election of 1713, at a time when the party was still in the ascendant in England.’
      • ‘With Choiseul gone, the devout party was in the ascendant and d' Aiguillon's appointment to the ministry imminent.’
      • ‘Its president is consolidating power, its security services are in the ascendant, and its own businessmen are afraid to invest in its future.’
      • ‘I leave the company in the ascendant, reporting a successful financial year,’ Mihailov said.’
      • ‘Because historians are human beings, and most human beings are moved deeply by the Israel-Palestine conflict, the romantic school has recently been in the ascendant, at least in popular histories.’
      • ‘Attendance at religious services rose; vocations increased; the credibility of the Irish Church and its leaders was in the ascendant as never before.’
      • ‘Once again, the Zulu nation is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Trafalgar is won; the British navy is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Are they now in the ascendant within the republican movement?’
      • ‘When a star dies early, their career still in the ascendant, the tendency is to eulogise them for their unfulfilled potential.’
      • ‘Consequently, the more romantic vision of community design emanating from the New Urbanists is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘With the chancellor in the ascendant, the trade minister will be hoping for a promotion.’
      • ‘Part of it is also because he is on the party's liberal wing at a time when the right is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Many of these architects are already in the ascendant with a small but growing body of work behind them.’
      • ‘At a time when absolutism, both in theory and in practice, seemed to be in the ascendant in the Western world, the importance of this transformation should not be underestimated.’
      • ‘My call will not be very long, but I do point out to this House that the number of incidents of female prison officers getting involved with prisoners is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘The novel is a literary-critical battleground (with the feminists probably slightly in the ascendant at the moment).’
      • ‘It is especially important to remember this now, when Faith is once more in the ascendant and Reason seems to be losing ground daily.’

Origin

Late Middle English via Old French from Latin ascendent- ‘climbing up’, from the verb ascendere (see ascend).