tran·​scen·​dence | \ tran(t)-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce transcendence (audio) \

Definition of transcendence

: 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 Escape no longer happens through self-transcendence; instead, it’s by seaplanes and speedboats. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 The point of The High Sierra isn’t to show us the author’s moments of transcendence. Verlyn Klinkenborg, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 Come for the romance and humor and late-millennial angst; stay for the profound emotional transcendence of its final scenes. Leah Greenblatt,, 28 June 2022 No longer just somewhere to make a living, work has become a place to find purpose, and, yes, even transcendence. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2022 Our time of transcendence may be rapidly coming to an end. Sarah Blackwood, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 The key to achieving transcendence is acceptance of the fact that your shadow exists. Svetlana Whitener, Forbes, 6 July 2022 When Raffi finds transcendence playing soccer, that is when his father’s narrative of the encounter—imparting a valuable social and emotional skill to my son—falls away to the rapture of regular intimacy, the thrill of just being alive in the world. Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 That’s a tad severe, but if Ms. Riley is the exemplar, transcendence is possible though not guaranteed. Peter Plagens, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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“Transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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