the act of ; .
the Ascension, the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven.
(initial capital letter) .
a British island in the S Atlantic Ocean: constituent part of St. Helena. 34 sq. mi. (88 sq. km).
Contemporary Examples

At least half of an apocryphal story known as the ascension of Isaiah can be attributed to Christian editors.
Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy? Candida Moss November 11, 2014

Liam McIntyre, who has a big pair of sandals to fill, on his ascension into the role of Spartacus—and his softer side.
Spartacus Hero Liam McIntyre’s Unlikely Rise into the Role Adam Auriemma January 26, 2012

He seemed to be only continuing his ascension with his marriage to Richardson.
The Tragic Decline of Mary Kennedy, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide Michael Daly May 16, 2012

From the Reagan ascension until recently, the most trenchant description of the prevailing vision was “Starve the Beast.”
Here Comes Obamanomics Matt Miller February 25, 2009

Her supporters concocted any number of reasons to promote her ascension to the top floor of Foggy Bottom.
Susan Rice Didn’t Deserve State Post, Let Alone Her U.N. Role Jacob Heilbrunn December 13, 2012

Historical Examples

Manoah and his wife saw Him, and witnessed His ascension into heaven, in the smoke and fire of the sacrifice.
The Work Of Christ A. C. Gaebelein

To-morrow is ascension Day and they will be needed in the church.
Sielanka: An Idyll Henryk Sienkiewicz

Scripture asserts the existence of such an unseen universe, and the ascension implies it.
The Expositor’s Bible: The Acts of the Apostles, Vol. 1 G. T. Stokes

Appearances of the risen Lord to mortals before the ascension, 699.
Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage

Carlton cum Dalby—an ascension, with two angels swinging censers.
Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln A. F. Kendrick

the act of ascending
(astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon
(New Testament) the passing of Jesus Christ from earth into heaven (Acts 1:9)
an island in the S Atlantic, northwest of St Helena: uninhabited until claimed by Britain in 1815. Pop: 884 (2010 est). Area: 88 sq km (34 sq miles)

c.1300, “ascent of Christ into Heaven on the 40th day after the Resurrection,” from Latin ascensionem (nominative ascensio) “a rising,” noun of action from past participle stem of ascendere “to mount, ascend, go up” (see ascend). Astronomical sense is recorded late 14c.; meaning “action of ascending” is from 1590s. Related: Ascensional.


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