tran·​scen·​dence tran(t)-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce transcendence (audio)
: the quality or state of being transcendent

Examples of transcendence in a Sentence

makes a case for the transcendence of Louis Armstrong's contributions to the field of jazz
Recent Examples on the Web When pop is practiced well, the end result is something like transcendence. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024 In his emotionally shattering dramas ‘Secret Sunshine’ (2007) and ‘Poetry’ (2010), the director turned everyday images, such as a sunbeam striking a wall, into luminous existential riddles, challenging his characters to study them and glimpse the possibility of transcendence dwelling within. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2024 Sugrue had grown up with rock as his key means of experiencing transcendence, listening to records in ecstasy in his room: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones. John Byron Kuhner, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 There have been varying interpretations over the years: grim darkness (Matt Reeves’s The Batman), aspirations to realism and thematic transcendence (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy), gothic surreality (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns) . . . Jack Butler, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023 New York Philharmonic Geffen Hall, May 23–28 Jaap Van Zweden conducts two masterpieces of mystical transcendence: Mozart’s Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto, which draws its richness from the instrument’s velvety, hooded midrange. Vulture, 5 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Mead and Bateson thought that scientists would lead the vanguard of a revolution in bringing the wisdom and the experiences of other cultures into the modern world, the creation of a sort of global culture that would allow for some form of transcendence. David Lipset, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Ancient souls will feel young again: A meditation labyrinth and reflecting pond promise transcendence, while the earthbound golfer makes his or her way around the plush golf course. David Weiss,, 4 May 2023 Pharoah Sanders — Pharoah A spiritual/free-jazz avatar who accompanied John Coltrane on some of the most cosmic musical excursions of the late ‘60s, Pharoah Sanders pursued sonic transcendence and communion for the rest of his life. Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, SPIN, 20 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transcendence was in 1601

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“Transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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tran·​scen·​dence tran(t)s-ˈen-dən(t)s How to pronounce transcendence (audio)
: the quality or state of being transcendent
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