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Definition the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
  • ascendancy of China and India as global powers
  • I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
    John Stuart Mill
  • Trafalgar was a defining moment in Britain's history as it established Britain's maritime ascendancy for 100 years which saw a fantastic growth of trade and empire during Victorian times,
    David Quarmby
  • The way they've been playing over the last few years, it's clear they're a team on the ascendancy. They have some great young players and they will shine in the next few years.
    Sidney Govou
  • Not his ascendancy alone, however, held me in thrall at present.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was interesting to see the ascendency which the uneducated woman, bound to him by no legal tie, had acquired over the brilliant, unstable man.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • His ascendancy was resented, as Percival's was adored.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Gringoire followed him, being accustomed to obey him, like all who had once approached that man so full of ascendency.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • His ascendency was extraordinary.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Propensities, tendencies, habits, were as dead leaves upon the tyrannous wind of his imaginative ascendency.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Would you prefer a nuclear holocaust, laboratory plague, or technological singularity to my ascendancy?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The sudden need of Paul's ascendancy overrode all other consideration, and she barked, "My son's been tested with the gom jabbar!"
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • My mother never could endure him, nor I; but he obtained an entire ascendency over my father; and this man was the absolute despot of the estate.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • It was easy for Hare to see that the man's evil nature was in the ascendancy only when he was under the dominance of drink.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • His voice dropped into an easy, familiar tone, but without relaxing the ascendancy he had gained.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • 'His ascendancy over papa,' said Agnes, 'is very great.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • In the first place, he is what we used to call in my young days a Gentleman of the Ascendancy.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She must use all the strength and wit and cunning and charm to keep his other personality in the ascendancy, else all was futile.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • She could not board with one family for more than one term, for that would cause jealousy—a family gained social ascendency by boarding the teacher.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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