tran·​scen·​dence | \tran(t)-ˈsen-dən(t)s \

Definition of transcendence 

: the quality or state of being transcendent

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Examples of transcendence in a Sentence

makes a case for the transcendence of Louis Armstrong's contributions to the field of jazz

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At the heart, though, remains a defiant urge for transcendence that is quintessential rock-and-roll., "Manayunk Arts Festival, Juneteenth, Bluebird Distilling 3rd Anniversary Party, and other events in Philadelphia, June 22-29," 21 June 2018 The dramatic architecture—its enormous scale, meticulous detailing, sober materials—is tailor-made to evoke transcendence and closeness to a higher power. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 There is, after all, some virtue in having all of this transcendence gathered up in one place. S.c. Gwynne, WSJ, "‘In the Name of the Father’ Review: The Manning Mystique," 31 Aug. 2018 Trans soul singer-songwriter Shea Diamond embodies transcendence. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "5 Empowering Lyrics From Shea Diamond's 'Seen It All'," 29 June 2018 One answer is a growing need for transcendence—escaping the constraints of modern life by rising to the sort of challenge that Renan Ozturk’s camera depicts in sequences of almost hallucinatory beauty. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mountain’ Review: Such Great Heights," 24 May 2018 The final act is a listless shamble toward vague transcendence, with Parsifal bathed in light as the knights — sagging flesh safely covered — slowly spin in place, a Baselitz starburst looming over everything. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 The results were always touchingly human, and over two hours spent so intimately with a rock n’ roll legend, discomfort and transcendence revealed themselves to be a two-way street. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Here's What Went Down at Nick Cave's 'So, What Do You Want to Know?' Q&A in NYC," 4 May 2018 In O’Keeffe’s wonderful Red and Orange Streak (1919), an abstract outburst of energy and transcendence slashes across a landscape like a hot flame. Thomas Hine,, "Art Museum show gives American Modernists - and Philly ones - new respect," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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