transcendence

noun
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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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, Philly.com, "Art Museum show gives American Modernists - and Philly ones - new respect," 12 Apr. 2018 In Strong’s assured performance, the aristocratic, apolitical Lysistrata cycles through grief, rage, rebellion and transcendence as her protest movement unites Athens’ bifurcated female populace — first her fellow housewives and then the courtesans. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war," 22 June 2018 Awareness of its constructs and confines does not equal transcendence of them. Brian Gresko, Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father," 12 June 2018 There were times in my adult life when this happened before, without any assistance: strange, fleeting moments of transcendence. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Why We Should Say Yes to Drugs," 25 May 2018 What does the new science of psychedelics teach us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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