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ascension

[uh-sen-shuh n] /əˈsɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of ascending; ascent.
2.
the Ascension, the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven.
3.
(initial capital letter) Ascension Day.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English ascencioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ascēnsiōn- (stem of ascēnsiō), equivalent to ascēns(us) risen up (past participle of ascendere, equivalent to ascend- climb up (see ascend) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ascensional, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ascensional

ascension

/əˈsɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act of ascending
2.
(astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon
Derived Forms
ascensional, adjective

Ascension1

/əˈsɛnʃən/
noun
1.
(New Testament) the passing of Jesus Christ from earth into heaven (Acts 1:9)

Ascension2

/əˈsɛnʃən/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for ascensional

ascension

n.

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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ascensional in the Bible

See CHRIST.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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