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position or state of being dominant or in control
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • the economically ascendant class
  • that idea was in the ascendant
  • Bonds are ascendant right now; while interests in stocks has waned.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ascendants had great stores of the Old Magic in them; they were very powerful.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Just now the first feeling was in the ascendant with Bathsheba, with a dash of the second.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • 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
  • His ascendants had indulged in hashish, but he preferred a different kind of gratification.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Thy happy star ascendant brought us luck, O let it not decline!
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • 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

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