- Brussels being in the ascendency as a producer, the world looked to her for their supply, and thereby came trouble. - "The Tapestry Book", Helen Churchill Candee.
- In the course of this prolonged conflict Napoleon won and lost for France the ascendency in central and western Europe, but Great Britain remained throughout mistress of the seas. - "Union and Democracy", Allen Johnson.
- And it was at such moments that he would fling himself with most resource into the establishing of his ascendency over Kitty. - "The Marriage of William Ashe", Mrs. Humphry Ward.