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as·cen·dant

also as·cen·dent  (ə-sĕn′dənt)
adj.
1. Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising.
2. Dominant in position or influence; superior.
n.
1. The position or state of being dominant or in control: a conservative policy currently in the ascendant.
2. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that rises in the east at the time of a person's birth or other event.
3. An ancestor.

ascendant

(əˈsɛndənt) or

ascendent

adj
1. proceeding upwards; rising
2. dominant, superior, or influential
3. (Botany) botany another term for ascending
n
4. rare an ancestor
5. a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
6. (Astrology) astrology (sometimes capital)
a. a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
b. the sign of the zodiac containing this point
7. in the ascendant increasing in influence, prosperity, etc

as•cend•ant

or as•cend•ent

(əˈsɛn dənt)

n.
1. a position of dominance or controlling influence; possession of power, superiority, or preeminence.
2. an ancestor; forebear.
3. the sign of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or other event.
adj.
4. ascending.
5. superior; predominant.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ascendant - position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance, control - 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"
2.ascendant - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)ascendant - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
ancestress - a woman ancestor
forbear, forebear - a person from whom you are descended
forefather, sire, father - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
foremother - a woman ancestor
primogenitor, progenitor - an ancestor in the direct line
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
Adj.1.ascendant - tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin
ascending - moving or going or growing upward; "the ascending plane"; "the ascending staircase"; "the ascending stems of chickweed"
2.ascendant - most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

ascendant

ascendent
in the ascendant rising, increasing, growing, powerful, mounting, climbing, dominating, commanding, supreme, dominant, influential, prevailing, flourishing, ascending, up-and-coming, on the rise, uppermost, on the way up Geography, drama, art and English are in the ascendant.

ascendant

adjective
Having preeminent significance:
noun
A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
Translations

ascendant

[əˈsendənt] N to be in the ascendantestar en auge, ir ganando predominio

ascendant

[əˈsɛndənt] n
to be in the ascendant → monter

ascendant

, ascendent
n to be in the ascendant (Astrol) → im Aszendenten stehen, aszendieren (spec); (fig)im Aufstieg begriffen sein; his star is in the ascendant (fig)sein Stern ist im Aufgehen

ascendant

[əˈsɛndənt] n to be in the ascendantessere in auge
References in classic literature ?
And I scruple not to affirm, that it is infinitely less likely that either of them should gain an ascendant in the national councils, than that the one or the other of them should predominate in all the local councils.
It was difficult to realize that they had gone; down through ages of darkness, cruelty, and ignorance, until their hereditary instincts of culture and humanitarianism had risen ascendant once more in the final composite race which now is dominant upon Mars.
Unquestionably, Edmond's star is in the ascendant, and he will marry the splendid girl -- he will be captain, too, and laugh at us all, unless" -- a sinister smile passed over Danglars' lips -- "unless I take a hand in the affair," he added.
We are dwelling too long, perhaps, upon these individual pictures, endeared to us by the associations of early life, when, as yet a stripling youth, we have sat at the hospitable boards of the "mighty Northwesters," the lords of the ascendant at Montreal, and gazed with wondering and inexperienced eye at the baronial wassailing, and listened with astonished ear to their tales of hardship and adventures.
But to do so was to discover a whole new world of architectural beauty, of exquisite ascendant lines, and long after the central congestion had been relieved by tunnels under the sea, four colossal bridges over the east river, and a dozen mono-rail cables east and west, the upward growth went on.
I realize now how foolhardy was my act in such a land as Caspak, teeming with danger and with death; but there is a certain amount of fool in every man; and whatever proportion of it I own must have been in the ascendant that day, for the truth of the matter is that I went down into those woods absolutely defenseless; and I paid the price, as people usually do for their indiscretions.
From the earliest days of their marriage Celestine, feeling herself beloved and admired by her husband, treated him without ceremony; she put herself above conjugal laws and the rules of private courtesy by expecting love to pardon all her little wrong-doings; and, as she never in any way corrected herself, she was always in the ascendant.
Before Avis Everhard was born, John Stuart Mill, in his essay, ON LIBERTY, wrote: "Wherever there is an ascendant class, a large portion of the morality emanates from its class interests and its class feelings of superiority.
He stood some time lost in astonishment at this sight; but, as good nature had always the ascendant in his mind, he soon began to be touched with sentiments of compassion for the little wretch before him.
But the wrong sort happened to be in the ascendant just now, and so Flashman was a formidable enemy for small boys.
Prunes and Prism, in a thousand combinations, having been wearily in the ascendant all day--everything having been surface and varnish and show without substance--Little Dorrit looked as if she had hoped that Mrs General was safely tucked up in bed for some hours.
Ending the novel is a glossary of Groups, People, Ascendants, the World of Sorcery, Place Names, and Darujhistan terms.