When you assume ascendancy over someone else, you become more powerful than they are. Ascendancy is the state of being in a higher position.

If you look at ascendancy, you see the word, ascend, which means to go up. Ascendancy is not so much about going up, but about being up. Another word for it is dominance, especially in the context of foreign or domestic relations. In school, if you question a teacher's ascendancy, you might be told to go to the principal's office. In this case, you're challenging the teacher's authority.

Definitions of ascendancy

n the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

ascendance, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
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ascendant, ascendent
position or state of being dominant or in control
domination, mastery, supremacy
power to dominate or defeat
predominance, predomination, prepotency
the state of being predominant over others
dominion, rule
dominance or power through legal authority
the state of being controlled or governed
absolutism, despotism, tyranny
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
exclusive control or possession of something
superiority, transcendence, transcendency
the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority
British dominion over India (1757-1947)
reign, sovereignty
royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
the position or authority of a suzerain
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condition, status
a state at a particular time

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