Definition of ascendant in English:


Syllabification: as·cend·ant
Pronunciation: /əˈsendənt
(also ascendent)


  • 1Rising in power or influence: ascendant moderate factions in the party
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    • Political and power compulsions were ascendant.
    • To do so would only risk alienating and provoking conflict with a rising Europe and an ascendant Asia.
    • This was something of a milestone in Hollywood history, signaling the ascendant power of the producer over the director.
    rising (in power), on the rise, on the way up, up-and-coming, flourishing, prospering, burgeoning
  • 2 Astrology (Of a planet, zodiacal degree, or sign) just above the eastern horizon.
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    • The Astrofaces research project seeks to verify astrology for modern science with photographs grouped by the sun, moon and ascendant signs of the subjects.
    • 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.
    • Obviously, if the ascendant sign could be either of two signs, this greatly affects the evaluation.


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  • The point on the ecliptic at which it intersects the eastern horizon at a particular time, typically that of a person’s birth.
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    • 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.


in the ascendant

Rising in power or influence: the reformers are in the ascendant
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  • By that time electronic telegraph was in the ascendent, and would grow to supplant the European semaphore networks.
  • The politics section gets the most heated - sometimes it seems the right is in the ascendent, sometimes the left - but there's also some excellent news you might not get elsewhere.
  • Tories had already suffered losses in the Irish general election of 1713, at a time when the party was still in the ascendant in England.


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

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