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ascend +‎ -ancy or ascendant +‎ -cy


ascendancy (countable and uncountable, plural ascendancies)

  1. The process or period of one's ascent
    This was a key moment in Caesar's ascendancy.
  2. Supremacy; dominant control; the quality of being in the ascendant
    Synonyms: superiority
    • 2011 January 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 0 - 0 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Spurs ended the half in the ascendancy and Van der Vaart was again inches away from giving them the lead when he met Bale's cross but his header flew wide.
  3. A class of Protestant landowners and professionals that dominated political and social life in Ireland up to the early 20th century
    • [W. B. Yeats] belonged not to the ascendancy class but to the protestant bourgeoisie. – Terry Eagleton, New Left Review, 1975

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