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ascendancy
used in Moby Dick

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Definition the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
  • According to this account and what was subsequently learned, it seemed that the scaramouch in question had gained a wonderful ascendency over almost everybody in the Jeroboam.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (30% in)
  • He knew, for example, that however magnetic his ascendency in some respects was over Starbuck, yet that ascendency did not cover the complete spiritual man any more than mere corporeal superiority involves intellectual mastership; for to the purely spiritual, the intellectual but stand in a sort of corporeal relation.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (4% in)
  • He knew, for example, that however magnetic his ascendency in some respects was over Starbuck, yet that ascendency did not cover the complete spiritual man any more than mere corporeal superiority involves intellectual mastership; for to the purely spiritual, the intellectual but stand in a sort of corporeal relation.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (4% in)

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