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 The violence the show inflicts upon its characters delivers no overarching message, no moment of transcendence. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What the Sexual Violence of Game of Thrones Begot," 4 May 2021 But her cool conversational tone can also feel too restrained, slanting less toward transcendence than the mere marking of time. Leah Greenblatt,, "Second Place and Whereabouts tackle middle-aged malaise: Review," 26 Apr. 2021 There are many paths to God or transcendence: traditional worship, nature worship and various combinations of the two. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "Do You Commune With Nature?," 16 Mar. 2021 Addiction is a sad constant of music history, but unlike a Lou Reed or an Amy Winehouse, Lovato projects an image of optimism and transcendence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Demi Lovato and the Dangers of Confessional Entertainment," 24 Mar. 2021 But the film has bursts of real transcendence despite that. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "Raya and the Last Dragon," 4 Mar. 2021 As Lurie—who was in her late fifties when Foreign Affairs was published—demonstrated again and again throughout her long career, the very act of noticing this convention can allow for its transcendence. Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, "Alison Lurie (1926–2020)," 5 Jan. 2021 And just like that, your moment of transcendence has been snuffed out, 21st century style. New York Times, "After a Few Dates, They Traveled to the Other Side of the World," 15 Jan. 2021 Now, fully immersed in the adventures of the teenage ranch hands while poring over one episode after another, Jackie punched through the nostalgia barrier to reach a sense of clarity, transcendence. Sunset Magazine, "Once a ‘Total Valley Girl,’ She’s Now Saving Wild Mustangs on a Montana Ranch," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Transcendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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