Definition of ascension in English:



  • 1The action of rising to an important position or a higher level.

    ‘his ascension to the presidency’
    • ‘Their ascension to power would leave Nepal open to closer ties with China and Pakistan, both rivals of India.’
    • ‘Yet the burden of geography has not changed, while the Russian state has changed profoundly since the ascension of Putin.’
    • ‘She wasn't sure if it was the ascension of the chance of danger, or the fact that she felt she needed to report the food thing.’
    • ‘The ascension that's grabbing the headlines, though, is the one that took place 50 years ago today.’
    • ‘Most Pagans seem to understand initiation as the ascension to the inner circle of a coven.’
    • ‘If the wider public accepts the reintroduction of fur into fashion it can only be seen as yet another notch in the ascension of our moral lethargy.’
    • ‘If America's influence decreases, it'll be the result of the ascension of nations such as China or India.’
    • ‘I don't even remember the words to nursery rhymes, let alone which ones are about the plague and which are about the ascension of King Charles II.’
    • ‘Within this process there is always one side that opposes the ascension and that side will act to stop it.’
    • ‘The first and most important was the ascension of a party chairman who had the ability to lead and attract quality candidates.’
    • ‘Several important trends will be evident during the ascension of unlicensed bands.’
    • ‘Maybe this is the prelude to some sort of Nietzschean ascension.’
    • ‘The ascension of Brit rock pretty much put an end to our first, gently lapping wave of world music.’
    • ‘Of course, the whole game isn't going to play out in the ascension of one or two new justices.’
    • ‘She would convince Morgan that there were other ways of accomplishing the ascension without her demise.’
    • ‘Moral development culminates in the individual's ascension to the level of universal justice.’
    • ‘The ascension to the throne of a chief or headperson is hereditary.’
    • ‘The new, gleaming, modern face of Shanghai is a recent development, fueled by China's ascension in global trade.’
    • ‘The escalation of events in West Asia was also always planned, right along with the ascension of the accidental president.’
    • ‘Realistically, though, I don't think his ascension to the top job will ever happen.’
    1. 1.1 The ascent of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after the Resurrection.
      • ‘My latest posting on ‘A scripture blog’ looks at the Ascension.’
      • ‘The Ascension inaugurates God's eternal reign through Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘Here we have music for the feast of the Ascension, all scrupulously edited with additions carefully formed from an understanding of the practices of the time.’
      • ‘The Feast of the Ascension marks the fortieth day after Easter, as Jesus is taken up to heaven in the cloud.’
      • ‘When I was a little girl, the Paschal candle was extinguished in Ascension as a sign of the mystery of Christ's departure.’
      • ‘After the Ascension the disciples, according to their Lord's instruction, prayed together in the upstairs room where they were staying.’
      • ‘In the presence of Christ's absence, which is the entire sum of human time and history after the Ascension, the human being no longer knows what goodness really is.’
      • ‘What does a belief in the Incarnation and the Resurrection and the Ascension and the future judgment mean for Christian practice and politics?’
      • ‘This particular hymn 28 celebrates the paradox of the incarnation, alluding to the feasts of Easter and the Ascension.’
      • ‘The 22 sections present the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus in a vigorously dramatic way.’
      • ‘The window on the east wing depicts the crucifixion while the Lady Chapel features a spectacular scene of the Ascension.’
      • ‘If we have not extinguished the paschal candle on Ascension, we may do so during the reading from Acts as the Holy Spirit roars through the assembly.’
      • ‘This text uniquely ties together the Ascension and our need to be witnesses of this glorious event and of all the life and teachings of Christ.’
      • ‘Jesus' words address the situation of every generation of the church since the Ascension.’
      • ‘The reign of Christ begins with the Ascension, even as the witness of the church will soon be inaugurated by the sending of God's empowering Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘But when did Passion become a specialised term of church vocabulary, like the Ascension, to describe a very specific period in the life of Christ?’
      • ‘The Ascension of Christ at the end of his time on earth is his liberation from restrictions of time and space.’
      • ‘But the Ascension is not to be conflated with the Resurrection, and to celebrate the former is not in any way to diminish the latter.’
      • ‘After the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus, the disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘In the upper panels of the south doors are two events witnessed by the apostles: Pentecost on the left and the Ascension on the right.’
      rise, upward movement, take-off, lift-off, launch, blast-off, climb, levitation, soaring
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Middle English (referring to the ascent of Christ): via Old French from Latin ascensio(n-), from the verb ascendere (see ascend).