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Still, anything was liable to happen when his unlucky star was in the ascendant.

At any rate, for more than fifteen years of his reign the king was in the ascendant.

Whether the bad might have gained the ascendant, or the good triumphed, I know not.

Now it was the Bed Man, now Napoleon, who stood in the ascendant.

Then his instinct of fair play in the game took the ascendant.

Poor Molly—her unlucky star was in the ascendant this afternoon surely!

It was Jem Deady in the custody of his wife, who was now in the ascendant.

For the present the star of the cardinal was in the ascendant.

"Fortitude in Distress" is the motto and lords of the ascendant is their practice.

In '41, Captain Maconochie's mark system was in the ascendant.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.

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