Definition of ascension in US English:



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

    ‘his ascension to the ranks of pop star’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ascension that's grabbing the headlines, though, is the one that took place 50 years ago today.’
    • ‘Realistically, though, I don't think his ascension to the top job will ever happen.’
    • ‘The escalation of events in West Asia was also always planned, right along with the ascension of the accidental president.’
    • ‘Maybe this is the prelude to some sort of Nietzschean ascension.’
    • ‘Most Pagans seem to understand initiation as the ascension to the inner circle of a coven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the burden of geography has not changed, while the Russian state has changed profoundly since the ascension of Putin.’
    • ‘The first and most important was the ascension of a party chairman who had the ability to lead and attract quality candidates.’
    • ‘Of course, the whole game isn't going to play out in the ascension of one or two new justices.’
    • ‘The ascension of Brit rock pretty much put an end to our first, gently lapping wave of world music.’
    • ‘Within this process there is always one side that opposes the ascension and that side will act to stop it.’
    • ‘Their ascension to power would leave Nepal open to closer ties with China and Pakistan, both rivals of India.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several important trends will be evident during the ascension of unlicensed bands.’
    • ‘She would convince Morgan that there were other ways of accomplishing the ascension without her demise.’
    • ‘If America's influence decreases, it'll be the result of the ascension of nations such as China or India.’
    1. 1.1 The ascent of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after the Resurrection.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the Ascension the disciples, according to their Lord's instruction, prayed together in the upstairs room where they were staying.’
      • ‘After the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus, the disciples were filled with the power of the 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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I was a little girl, the Paschal candle was extinguished in Ascension as a sign of the mystery of Christ's departure.’
      • ‘The Feast of the Ascension marks the fortieth day after Easter, as Jesus is taken up to heaven in the cloud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 22 sections present the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus in a vigorously dramatic way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This particular hymn 28 celebrates the paradox of the incarnation, alluding to the feasts of Easter and the Ascension.’
      • ‘The window on the east wing depicts the crucifixion while the Lady Chapel features a spectacular scene of the Ascension.’
      • ‘The Ascension inaugurates God's eternal reign through Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘Jesus' words address the situation of every generation of the church since the Ascension.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Ascension of Christ at the end of his time on earth is his liberation from restrictions of time and space.’
      • ‘My latest posting on ‘A scripture blog’ looks at the Ascension.’
      • ‘What does a belief in the Incarnation and the Resurrection and the Ascension and the future judgment mean for Christian practice and politics?’
      • ‘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.’
      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).