V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a position of controlling influence or power over others

Synonyms: supremacy, authority, command, domination, pre-eminence, mastery, rule, power

Antonyms: powerlessness

Tips: Ascendancy is derived from the Latin scandere, "to climb." Think, climbing up to a high position over people.

Usage Examples:

The dictator's ascendancy over the country was cut short by the revolution. (rule, command)

Remember that he has no ascendancy over you, and you can do whatever you want. (authority, domination)

It is the goal of the minority party to gain ascendancy over those currently in power. (power, authority)

The army's bid for military ascendancy was rivaled only by the rapid expansion of the air force's programs. (supremacy)

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