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.



(wikipedia sway)


(en noun)
  • The act of swaying; a swaying motion; a swing or sweep of a weapon.
  • A rocking or swinging motion.
  • The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.
  • Influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
  • I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.
  • 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
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward; to rock.
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  • *: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.
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  • *(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 .
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  • *(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.
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  • *(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.
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  • 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.
  • See also

    * persuade


    Alternative forms

    * ascendency


  • The process or period of one's ascent
  • Supremacy; superiority; dominant control; the quality of being in the ascendant
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Tottenham 0 - 0 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Spurs ended the half in the ascendancy and Van der Vaart was again inches away from giving them the lead when he met Bale's cross but his header flew wide.}}
  • 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
  • Derived terms

    * ascendance