Sway vs Ascendancy - What's the difference?
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Sway is a related term of ascendancy.
As nouns the difference between sway and ascendancy
is that sway
is the act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon while ascendancy
is the process or period of one's ascent.
As a verb sway
is to move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.
A rocking or swinging motion.
Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
- The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.
Preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
Rule; dominion; control.
A switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
The maximum amplitude of a vehicle's lateral motion
- I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.
To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
*:Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield.
*(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
*:As sparkles from the anvil rise, / When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed .
To influence or direct by power, authority, persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide. Compare persuade .
*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
*:This was the race / To sway the world, and land and sea subdue.
To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp.
*(John Tillotson) (1630-1694)
*:Let not temporal and little advantages sway you against a more durable interest.
(lb) To hoist (a mast or yard) into position.
To be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
*(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
*:The balance sways on our part.
To have weight or influence.
*(Richard Hooker) (1554-1600)
*:The example of sundry churchesdoth sway much.
To bear sway; to rule; to govern.
*(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
*:Hadst thou swayed as kings should do.
The process or period of one's ascent
Supremacy; superiority; dominant control; the quality of being in the ascendant
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A class of Protestant landowners and professionals that dominated political and social life in Ireland up to the early 20th century
* [W. B. Yeats] belonged not to the ascendancy class but to the protestant bourgeoisie.'' – Terry Eagleton, ''New Left Review , 1975