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
  3. (historical, Ireland) A class of Protestant landowners and professionals that dominated political and social life in Ireland up to the early 20th century
    • 1975, Terry Eagleton, New Left Review:
      [W. B. Yeats] belonged not to the ascendancy class but to the protestant bourgeoisie.
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