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1. Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme.
2. Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception: "fails to achieve a transcendent significance in suffering and squalor" (National Review).
3. Philosophy
a. Transcending the Aristotelian categories.
b. In Kant's theory of knowledge, being beyond the limits of experience and hence unknowable.
4. Being above and independent of the material universe. Used of the Deity.

tran·scen′dence, tran·scen′den·cy n.
tran·scen′dent·ly adv.


(trænˈsɛn dəns)

also tran•scend′en•cy,

the quality or state of being transcendent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transcendence - a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experiencetranscendence - a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience
being, beingness, existence - the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
2.transcendence - the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limitstranscendence - the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
supremacy, domination, mastery - power to dominate or defeat; "mastery of the seas"


noun greatness, excellence, superiority, supremacy, ascendancy, pre-eminence, sublimity, paramountcy, incomparability, matchlessness the absolute transcendence of God over all human knowledge and work


[trænˈsendəns] N
1. (= superiority) → lo sobresaliente
2. (Philos) → trascendencia f


[trænˈsɛndəns] ntranscendance f


, transcendency
nErhabenheit f; (Philos) → Transzendenz f
References in classic literature ?
Rejected by the middle class, which he loathed, he had shot up at once into the highest circles by his wit, his dustmanship (which he carried like a banner), and his Nietzschean transcendence of good and evil.
This would have done better in poesy, where transcendences are more allowed.
This aspect also draws the imminent process of redefining Judeo-Christian tradition within the limits of the ideology of technological progress, of transhumanist theories: a process that will lead to the domain of religion losing its metaphysical character and moving towards a technological 'regime of truth' (Foucault 1980, 109-34), where the power/ideology of religious discourse is no longer given by the transcendence of God, but by a technological 'post-transcendence' (Schacht 1997, 73-92).
Thanks for publishing Tom Krattenmaker's thoughtful essay, "A New Vision for Secular Transcendence" (S/O 2018).
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The introduction includes a biographical sketch, an account of his influence on some important twentieth-century French philosophers, an account of his introduction of selected philosophical movements and figures into France, and finally his own original approaches to transcendence and the concrete.
In "Art, Peace, and Transcendence: Reograms That Elevate and Unite" Paul Re invites us to join him on his journey for harmony, wisdom, and inner joy.
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This latest brought to mind personal occasions of transcendence as experienced through following God's directives.
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Above all, this: that there is a reality of divinely-grounded transcendence in which her consciousness, along with all of creation, participates.