Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of Protestant ascendancy in English:
1The domination of the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority in Ireland, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- By agreeing to direct talks, the Loyal Orders may dispel the notion that they are merely triumphalist organisations, wanting to see a return to a new millennium version of the 17th century Protestant ascendancy in Ireland.
- The term Anglo-Irish was applied increasingly by 19th-century historians of the Protestant ascendancy to register growing awareness of the political and social circumstances of British settlers in Ireland.
- For Britain, the peace process was driven primarily by the fact that its old methods of rule over the north though Unionism and the Protestant ascendancy were no longer effective.
1.1The members of the landed aristocracy comprising the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority in Ireland.
- Upper middle class Australia is no longer the exclusive property of the Protestant ascendancy, but the newcomers to money and status have learned the old putdowns.
- Shortly before Humbert landed there was a vicious, though short-lived, outburst in Wicklow, enough to convince the Protestant ascendancy of its isolation.
- Throughout the last century the Protestant ascendancy ran the colonies as landholders, merchants, professionals, administrators, legislators, magistrates and missionaries.
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