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

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
Recent Examples on the Web For a next course, Mary Brownell suggests Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling memoir of a woman’s journey from personal pain to transcendence through Italian food, Indian insight, and Balinese bliss. Massimo Vitali, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Apr. 2020 This majestic song takes a listener from pragmatism to catharsis to transcendence. Armond White, National Review, "The Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ — Redefined," 22 Apr. 2020 The gospel Ruby-slash-RuPaul preaches is not one of great transformation but rather one of great transcendence, and the vision of queens as mini-Oprahs capable of therapizing away America’s wounds is seductively comforting. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "AJ and the Queen Says Drag Will Make America Okay Again," 15 Jan. 2020 On it, the league’s brightest stars proved their transcendence over the course of an uber-competitive regular season and playoff schedule. Rob Schaefer, Fortune, "What to Expect When the WNBA’s New York Liberty Move to the Barclays Center in 2020," 27 Nov. 2019 But grainy archival evidence can’t really deliver transcendence, and who will pause in their museumgoing to absorb the full 27 minutes? Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Merce Cunningham’s Dance Out of Time," 18 Dec. 2019 Vanska and the orchestra eloquently conveyed its rare blend of grief and comfort, pain and transcendence, again eschewing explosions in favor of something that sounded like surges of compassion. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 2019 High among the list of words common to both experiences were those related to perception (saw, color, voice, vision), the body (face, arm, foot), emotion (fear) and transcendence (universe, understand, consciousness). Robert Martone, Scientific American, "New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences," 10 Sep. 2019 In the work’s sublime final pages, conductor Alsop conjured a sense of stillness and awe well-suited to the score’s transcendence, as well as a climax that reflected the message of redemption that ultimately drives this work. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: A vast exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s legacy over 2 nights," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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