Part of speech: noun

Paramount influence; domination; sway.

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Usage examples "ascendency":

  1. He thought of the time, when the betrayal of Lord Harry's vindictive purpose in leaving England had frightened her- when he had set aside his own sense of what was due to him, for her sake- and had helped her to communicate, by letter, with the man whose fatal ascendency over Iris had saddened his life. - "Blind Love", Wilkie Collins.
  2. If chemical action obtains the ascendency, it acts as a poison. - "The American Reformed Cattle Doctor", George Dadd.
  3. The Whigs looked upon the invasion of Mexico as a piratical attempt of the Democratic leaders to secure the permanent ascendency of their party, and this was probably the true reason for Franklin Pierce's joining it. - "The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne", Frank Preston Stearns.