Definition of ascendant in English:


(also ascendent)


  • 1Rising in power or influence.

    ‘the newly ascendant liberal party’
    • ‘The collectivist delusion was flatly incompatible with an international division of labor: When the former was ascendant, the latter could not survive.’
    • ‘The contradictions between an ascendant democratic movement and a timeworn media oligarchy are extreme.’
    • ‘This has an interesting counterpoint - the ascendent political correctness of the right.’
    • ‘Fair or not, that is the ascendant view of the moment.’
    • ‘This was something of a milestone in Hollywood history, signaling the ascendant power of the producer over the director.’
    • ‘The strategic decision by the United States to try and convince the Shah to share some of his power with the ascendant middle class was the result of a combination of factors.’
    • ‘The uneasy ceasefire between an authoritative church and an ascendant political class may be at an end.’
    • ‘It's not that conservatism is on the wane; in fact I would argue that the great difficulty is that conservatism is the ascendant political philosophy in this country.’
    • ‘Less often considered is whether this ascendant legalism is good or bad for global prosperity and stability.’
    • ‘To do so would only risk alienating and provoking conflict with a rising Europe and an ascendant Asia.’
    • ‘Vast fortunes were made and an already wealthy city became the ascendant center of power in the new United States.’
    • ‘The growth of the exercise phenomenon was inexorably bound up with the ascendant women's movement.’
    • ‘The supposed transfer of allegiance from the older, declining imperial power to the ascendant one oversimplifies Curtin's choice.’
    • ‘The euro was launched as a symbol of a new ascendant Europe.’
    • ‘This is an exciting time for the written word: it is adapting to the ascendant medium, which happens to be the most immediate, universal, and democratic medium that has ever existed.’
    • ‘Political and power compulsions were ascendant.’
    • ‘A good book, written by one person for any number of selfish and unselfish reasons, goes against the clockwork agenda so ascendant everywhere in the world.’
    • ‘This hegemony was sanctioned by an ascendant authority, namely science.’
    • ‘During this period the conception of excessive drinking as a moral problem, as a vice demanding punishment, remained ascendant over the notion of alcoholism as a disease requiring treatment.’
    • ‘The ascendant ideologies of domestic and foreign security share a nexus in privileging the rights of a state over the collective rights of its citizens.’
    rising, rising in power, in the ascendant, on the up and up, on the way up, up-and-coming, on the rise, growing, increasing, flourishing, prospering, burgeoning, developing, budding
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  • 2Astrology
    (of a planet, zodiacal degree, or sign) on or close to the intersection of the ecliptic with the eastern horizon.

    • ‘Obviously, if the ascendant sign could be either of two signs, this greatly affects the evaluation.’
    • ‘I make sure to read both my sun sign and my ascendant, Cancer and Leo respectively.’
    • ‘The Astrofaces research project seeks to verify astrology for modern science with photographs grouped by the sun, moon and ascendant signs of the subjects.’
    • ‘Does anyone know a website where you can find out what your ascendent sign is?’
    • ‘It could be said that the Midheaven sign represents our life goal; the ascendant sign represents our way of achieving that goal, or our unconscious strategy for attaining it.’


  • The point on the ecliptic at which it intersects the eastern horizon at a particular time, typically that of a person's birth.

    • ‘Saturn is considered a benefic and yogakarak for libra ascendants.’
    • ‘Your desire to take action comes from that very potent Mars that sits right on your Leo ascendant.’
    • ‘He was certainly unaware of Pluto transiting the 1066 ascendant at the time of Cromwell's birth.’
    • ‘If not, then use the ascendant if the birth was preceded by a New Moon.’
    • ‘A neutral Saturn would probably err on the side of maturity through the Capricorn ascendant.’


  • in the ascendant

    • Rising in power or influence.

      ‘the reformers are in the ascendant’
      • ‘Are they now in the ascendant within the republican movement?’
      • ‘By that time electronic telegraph was in the ascendent, and would grow to supplant the European semaphore networks.’
      • ‘It is especially important to remember this now, when Faith is once more in the ascendant and Reason seems to be losing ground daily.’
      • ‘Part of it is also because he is on the party's liberal wing at a time when the right is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Its president is consolidating power, its security services are in the ascendant, and its own businessmen are afraid to invest in its future.’
      • ‘With Choiseul gone, the devout party was in the ascendant and d' Aiguillon's appointment to the ministry imminent.’
      • ‘Trafalgar is won; the British navy is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Attendance at religious services rose; vocations increased; the credibility of the Irish Church and its leaders was in the ascendant as never before.’
      • ‘My call will not be very long, but I do point out to this House that the number of incidents of female prison officers getting involved with prisoners is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Consequently, the more romantic vision of community design emanating from the New Urbanists is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘Because historians are human beings, and most human beings are moved deeply by the Israel-Palestine conflict, the romantic school has recently been in the ascendant, at least in popular histories.’
      • ‘The politics section gets the most heated - sometimes it seems the right is in the ascendent, sometimes the left - but there's also some excellent news you might not get elsewhere.’
      • ‘With the chancellor in the ascendant, the trade minister will be hoping for a promotion.’
      • ‘Once again, the Zulu nation is in the ascendant.’
      • ‘At a time when absolutism, both in theory and in practice, seemed to be in the ascendant in the Western world, the importance of this transformation should not be underestimated.’
      • ‘Many of these architects are already in the ascendant with a small but growing body of work behind them.’
      • ‘The novel is a literary-critical battleground (with the feminists probably slightly in the ascendant at the moment).’
      • ‘Tories had already suffered losses in the Irish general election of 1713, at a time when the party was still in the ascendant in England.’
      • ‘I leave the company in the ascendant, reporting a successful financial year,’ Mihailov said.’
      • ‘When a star dies early, their career still in the ascendant, the tendency is to eulogise them for their unfulfilled potential.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ascendent- ‘climbing up’, from the verb ascendere (see ascend).