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  • 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

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  • 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
  • In order to establish my ascendancy once and for all, I determined to visit the wolf esker itself the following morning and make a detailed examination of the presumed den.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The nature of the circus trainer’s ascendancy is psychological.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • His hatred, like a powerless though furious wave, was broken against the strong ascendancy which Mercedes exercised over him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Not his ascendancy alone, however, held me in thrall at present.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • 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

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  • "What must I promise?" demanded Cora, still maintaining a secret ascendancy over the fierce native by the collected and feminine dignity of her presence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His ascendency was extraordinary.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ’His ascendancy over papa,’ said Agnes, ’is very great.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Propensities, tendencies, habits, were as dead leaves upon the tyrannous wind of his imaginative ascendency.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • First a pride almost Satanic, then ridicule—that, that’s what it is attracts the young, that’s what gains an ascendancy over the inexperienced hearts of boys!
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • In their general bearing and conduct the commissioned officers of a warship naturally take their tone from the Commander, that is if he have that ascendancy of character that ought to be his.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • To see this woman, so beautiful, fair as the brightest vision, to see her by turns overcome with grief and threatening; to resist at once the ascendancy of grief and beauty—it was too much for a visionary; it was too much for a brain weakened by the ardent dreams of an ecstatic faith; it was too much for a heart furrowed by the love of heaven that burns, by the hatred of men that devours.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • By which magnanimous speech he not only saved his conqueror a whipping, but got back all his ascendancy over the boys which his defeat had nearly cost him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It is therefore deeply tragic that Jerusalem should have become a bone of contention—with people killing each other by the thousand because they cannot agree on who is to have ascendancy over this "Eternal City."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But again obeying that wondrous ascendancy which the inscrutable scrivener had over me, and from which ascendancy, for all my chafing, I could not completely escape, I slowly went down stairs and out into the street, and while walking round the block, considered what I should next do in this unheard-of perplexity.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • She liked their elegance, their lightness, their lack of emphasis: even the self-assurance which at times was so like obtuseness now seemed the natural sign of social ascendency.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • What I mean is that since the preponderance of cultural influences has come down to us from European early settlers, and since those early settlers inflicted their values on the "benighted" cultures they encountered ("benighted," from the Old English, meaning "anyone darker than myself"), those inflicted values have gained ascendancy.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This was the sole reason of his ascendency: she knew it herself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • To curb this inconvenient (which he concluded due to a suppression of latent heat), having advised with certain counsellors of worth and inspected into this matter, he had resolved to purchase in fee simple for ever the freehold of Lambay island from its holder, lord Talbot de Malahide, a Tory gentleman of note much in favour with our ascendancy party.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Here, then," said Dupin to me, "you have precisely what you demand to make the ascendancy complete—the robber’s knowledge of the loser’s knowledge of the robber."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • On the other hand, Cesare Borgia, called by the people Duke Valentino, acquired his state during the ascendancy of his father, and on its decline he lost it, notwithstanding that he had taken every measure and done all that ought to be done by a wise and able man to fix firmly his roots in the states which the arms and fortunes of others had bestowed on him.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • But aside from this, there is among educated and thoughtful colored men in all parts of the land a feeling of deep regret, sorrow, and apprehension at the wide currency and ascendancy which some of Mr. Washington’s theories have gained.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • It is possible, too, that the superior personal advantages of Hist rendered her dangerous to some of the younger part of the group, and they were not sorry to find she was no longer in the way of their own ascendency.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I knew nothing about the duality of man’s nature when I was eighteen, but I knew about the presence of my guerrilla, and as the months wore on, I knew that I would have to deal with his ascendancy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And to that had destiny subjoined this reencounter to-night, which had, in Bathsheba’s wild imagining, turned her companion’s failure to success, her humiliation to triumph, her lucklessness to ascendency; it had thrown over herself a garish light of mockery, and set upon all things about her an ironical smile.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • With all the boldness of an original genius, he had struck out an entirely new course of treatment quite opposed to the usual method; his custom being, when he had gained the ascendancy over those he took in hand, rather to keep them down than to give them their own way; and to exercise his vivacity upon them openly, and without reserve.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …had brought in the wagon—a capstan with a long sapling walking-beam, with the wagon team and the negroes in shifts and himself too when necessary, when the machinery slowed, hitched to it—as if the negroes actually were wild men; as General Compson told his son, Quentin’s father, while the negroes were working Sutpen never raised his voice at them, that instead he led them, caught them at the psychological instant by example, by some ascendancy of forbearance rather than by brute fear.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His ascendancy was resented, as Percival’s was adored.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • His voice dropped into an easy, familiar tone, but without relaxing the ascendancy he had gained.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Would you prefer a nuclear holocaust, laboratory plague, or technological singularity to my ascendancy?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • In effect, while it lasted, this ascendancy of the "r"-less pronunciation amounted to a nascent American standard, and broadcasting helped provide a justification.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I am inclined to think that the above causes explain the reason of the extraordinary ascendency it has acquired over the nation, but that they do not exercise much influence upon the tone of its language.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In the first place, the more numerous an assembly may be, of whatever characters composed, the greater is known to be the ascendency of passion over reason.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Content with his ascendency, which was too apparent, and had been too often exerted on similar occasions, to leave him in any doubt of its extent, Ishmael coolly continued the discourse, by adverting more directly to his future plans.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • They needed the songs of Gypsies and Jews, Sicilian ballads, Moravian laments, music of the heart rising from defeat, but all they had was the music of delirium and ascendancy, which, as soon as it took to the air, dived to the ground and shattered like glass.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • In truth, the ardor, the enthusiasm, and the imperiousness of my disposition, soon rendered me a marked character among my schoolmates, and by slow, but natural gradations, gave me an ascendancy over all not greatly older than myself;—over all with a single exception.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • By this time the reason of Edwards was getting the ascendency of his feelings, and, as he began to see the real difficulties of the case, he listened more readily to the conversation of the lawyer.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I knew that your ascendancy over him was the cause of his going to China to take care of the business there, while you took care of it here (though I do not even now know whether these were really terms of separation that you agreed upon); and that it was your will that I should remain with you until I was twenty, and then go to him as I did.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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