Definition of ascendant in English:

ascendant

(also ascendent)

adjective

  • 1Rising in power or influence.

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

    • ‘Obviously, if the ascendant sign could be either of two signs, this greatly affects the evaluation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A neutral Saturn would probably err on the side of maturity through the Capricorn ascendant.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

ascendant

/əˈsendənt/