Definition of ascendant in English:

ascendant

(also ascendent)

adjective

  • 1Rising in power or influence:

    ‘the newly ascendant liberal party’
    • ‘Vast fortunes were made and an already wealthy city became the ascendant center of power in the new United States.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fair or not, that is the ascendant view of the moment.’
    • ‘This hegemony was sanctioned by an ascendant authority, namely science.’
    • ‘The growth of the exercise phenomenon was inexorably bound up with the ascendant women's movement.’
    • ‘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 contradictions between an ascendant democratic movement and a timeworn media oligarchy are extreme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was something of a milestone in Hollywood history, signaling the ascendant power of the producer over the director.’
    • ‘Political and power compulsions were ascendant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The collectivist delusion was flatly incompatible with an international division of labor: When the former was ascendant, the latter could not survive.’
    • ‘The euro was launched as a symbol of a new ascendant Europe.’
    • ‘This has an interesting counterpoint - the ascendent political correctness of the right.’
    • ‘To do so would only risk alienating and provoking conflict with a rising Europe and an ascendant Asia.’
    • ‘Less often considered is whether this ascendant legalism is good or bad for global prosperity and stability.’
    • ‘The uneasy ceasefire between an authoritative church and an ascendant political class may be at an end.’
    • ‘The supposed transfer of allegiance from the older, declining imperial power to the ascendant one oversimplifies Curtin's choice.’
    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.’
    • ‘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 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?’
    • ‘I make sure to read both my sun sign and my ascendant, Cancer and Leo respectively.’

noun

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

    • ‘Your desire to take action comes from that very potent Mars that sits right on your Leo ascendant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was certainly unaware of Pluto transiting the 1066 ascendant at the time of Cromwell's birth.’
    • ‘Saturn is considered a benefic and yogakarak for libra ascendants.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ascendant

/əˈsɛnd(ə)nt/