As*sump"tion (?; 215), n. [OE.
assumpcioun a taking up into heaven, L. assumptio a taking,
fr. assumere: cf. F. assomption. See Assume.]
1. The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's
self; the act of taking up or adopting.
The assumption of authority.
2. The act of taking for granted, or supposing a
thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim.
This gives no sanction to the unwarrantable
assumption that the soul sleeps from the period of death to the
resurrection of the body.
That calm assumption of the virtues.
3. The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition
assumed; a supposition.
Hold! says the Stoic; your assumption's wrong.
4. (Logic) The minor or second proposition
in a categorical syllogism.
5. The taking of a person up into heaven.
Hence: (Rom. Cath. & Greek Churches) A festival in honor of the
ascent of the Virgin Mary into heaven.