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Ascent is a noun meaning ascending i.e climbing, scaling up, going up to reach some predetermined destination; upward path of a slope. The ascent of...
Ascent is a noun meaning ascending i.e climbing, scaling up, going up to reach some predetermined destination; upward path of a slope. The ascent of Mount Everest is still challenging though a few have scaled the Himalayan peak. The ascent to Tirumala Hills is made possible for many pilgrims because there is a paved pathway with a cemented roof for most part of the journey. But climbing the first hills could be slightly difficult because the beginning of the ascent is very steep.
The opposite of ascent is descent: descent means coming or going down a slope. Assent means formal agreement, formal approval for something between two people or families, organizations or countries. In some cases or instances, the assent of an individual or an organization is a must. The families of both the boy and girl have to give their assent in arranged marriages. The assent of people or the majority of the voters is a must for a political party to rule a state or the country.
The Bills passed in the Parliament should get the assent from the President of India. Assent also functions as a verb: to express agreement, their consent. My father never assented to my wish to become a farmer. Descent is a noun downward movement, coming down a slope (After the ascent the airplane has to descent to land. The engines of vehicles usually descent by consuming less fuel but it may be difficult to maneuver).
Descent also means one’s origins, one’s ancestry (Rahul Gandhi’s descent is also Italian i.e his mother is an Italian and his father is an Indian. Indians are of two descents: Aryan and Dravidian). Figuratively, descent also refers to attack (the Chinese army often descents into Indian Territory. The thieves’ descent into the house was unexpected because the house was completely secured), unexpected visit or inconvenient visitation (The cops’ descent into the office was a shock to the CEO).
Dissent as a noun means having opinions or ideas that are different from others (The political parties may workers who may dissent on certain policy matters), as a verb it means to express opinions or ideas that are different or contrary to official or stated policies, religious teachings, or morals of the society; disagreement with someone or something. Liberals often dissent against the moral policing of religious fundamentalists. Dissenter is a person who dissents; and dissenting is an adjective. The dissenting voices should be heard in democratic societies.