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Secularism dominates Europe, but Islam is ascendant.
  moving upward


position or state of being dominant or in control
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  • Secularism dominates Europe, but Islam is ascendant.
  • Our core values of freedom and opportunity are ascendant around the globe.
    Joseph Lieberman (US Senator)
  • Christianity is ascendant in Africa.
  • Markets are ascendant in Europe and China, but are retreating in the face of increased regulation in the United States.

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  • Justice Rehnquist went to the Supreme Court in 1972, at a time of ascendant judicial activism.
    C. Boyden Gray (US Ambassador to the E.U. appointed by GW Bush)
  • Alice grabs it with stoical indifference, pumping wearily away like some marathon bellringer while I pant and groan ludicrously and hear myself whimpering such asininities as "Oh God, that’s good, Mary Alice!" and catch a glimpse of her lovely and totally unconcerned face even as there rises in me lust and despair in almost equal measure—with despair, however, ascendant regarding this loutish business.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His ascendants had indulged in hashish, but he preferred a different kind of gratification.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A famous writer once wrote, ’An author can be seen as three things: a storyteller, a teacher, or a magician — but the magician, the enchanter, is in the ascendant.’
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Traces of elephantiasis have been discovered among his ascendants.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Thy happy star ascendant brought us luck, O let it not decline!
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King

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  • He died in 1804, when the cultural epoch we call Romanticism was in the ascendant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Galbatorix is ascendant, and every race fights to remain free of his rule.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In fact, an overview of the Carrie White case leaves the careful student with one feeling ascendant over all others: that Carrie was the only issue of a family as odd as any that has ever been brought to popular attention.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Ethnic violence lent strength both to Tutsi supremacists in exile and to ideologues of Hutu power, ascendant inside Rwanda.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Just now the first feeling was in the ascendant with Bathsheba, with a dash of the second.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Mars ascendant.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Reluctantly, even under such circumstances, did the exasperated borderer see his hands drawn from their deadly grasp, for all the evil passions were then in the ascendant.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • 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.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I shall briefly observe, that our situation invites and our interests prompt us to aim at an ascendant in the system of American affairs.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Abraham Lincoln is the undisputed leader of the world’s most ascendant nation, a country spanning three thousand miles and touching two oceans.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • In 1933, with Hitler ascendant in Germany, Will Rogers was the first to draw a line between the new Klan and the new threat in Europe: "Papers all state Hitler is trying to copy Mussolini," he wrote.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The singing, even in the halls, of famous sopranos and baritones, the armies of orchestras and chamber ensembles playing music that had been composed when the empire was vital and ascendant, the fires and candle light, the speaking of French and English among people of purple blood, and the strong sense of a ship that was going down, kept Alessandro on edge throughout the nights.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Unfortunate ascendant tortuous, Of which the lord is helpless fall’n, alas!
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • 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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Ascendants had great stores of the Old Magic in them; they were very powerful.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Tweedy had tried to explain that a magechain was not a proper accessory for an Ascendant’s robes, but the girl had refused to part with it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It occurred to Max that he knew only the broadest strokes of the man’s history: the Last Ascendant who sacrificed himself at the Siege of Solas.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Max thought of Elias Brarn, the last Ascendant who had fallen during the Siege of Solas, buying time so that a few survivors might escape aboard the Kestrel.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Well could he fortune* the ascendent *make fortunate Of his images for his patient, He knew the cause of every malady, Were it of cold, or hot, or moist, or dry, And where engender’d, and of what humour.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • He’s the one who sacrificed himself against Astaroth so the others could flee; he was the last Ascendant.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • An Ascendant is very rare, Max—especially in the last millennium.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • What is an Ascendant?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • An Ascendant’s robes are heavier still.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Once the Promethean Scholars had declared Mina the first Ascendant since Elias Bram, even some of Rowan’s senior faculty seemed to regard the girl as a holy object.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Max thought of the last Ascendant’s apple floating in the Course’s trophy room.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Max and everyone else watched nervously as Mina approached the cliffs, her Ascendant’s robes trailing her upon the grass.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He was the last Ascendant.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • He found him so elevated with his success, so enamoured with his daughter, and so satisfied with her reception of him, that the old gentleman began to caper and dance about his hall, and by many other antic actions to express the extravagance of his joy; for he had not the least command over any of his passions; and that which had at any time the ascendant in his mind hurried him to the wildest excesses.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • 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.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Unluckily for Jones, the latter of these was the ascendant at present; for as a young gentleman had visited him the day before, with a bill from his son for a play debt, he apprehended, at the first sight of Jones, that he was come on such another errand.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Such an ascendant had our lieutenant over this ensign, that all that fervency of courage which had levelled our poor heroe with the floor, would scarce have animated the said ensign to have drawn his sword against the lieutenant, had he then had one dangling at his side: but all the swords being hung up in the room, were, at the very beginning of the fray, secured by the French officer.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • ] <25> Mine ascendant was Taure,* and Mars therein: *Taurus Alas, alas, that ever love was sin!
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Whether a governor of this State avails himself of the ascendant he must necessarily have, in this delicate and important part of the administration, to prefer to offices men who are best qualified for them, or whether he prostitutes that advantage to the advancement of persons whose chief merit is their implicit devotion to his will, and to the support of a despicable and dangerous system of personal influence, are questions which, unfortunately for the community, can only be the…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …epenthetic and servile letters in both languages: their antiquity, both having been taught on the plain of Shinar 242 years after the deluge in the seminary instituted by Fenius Farsaigh, descendant of Noah, progenitor of Israel, and ascendant of Heber and Heremon, progenitors of Ireland: their archaeological, genealogical, hagiographical, exegetical, homiletic, toponomastic, historical and religious literatures comprising the works of rabbis and culdees, Torah, Talmud (Mischna…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • the economically ascendant class
  • that idea was in the ascendant
  • Bonds are ascendant right now; while interests in stocks has waned.
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