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

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This experience, this feeling of transcendence, is so universal, among the tiny handful of people who have ever felt it, that scientists have a term for it. New York Times, "Fifty Years Ago We Landed on the Moon. Why Should We Care Now?," 14 June 2019 The damp morning mist added a feeling of transcendence to a place of solemnity and majesty. Deborah Doyle, National Geographic, "Hiking Off the Beaten Path in Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019 Rubin’s accomplishments can all be seen as way stations in a search for transcendence. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 2019 Think of this shade as the potential to allow for daily, micro-transcendence. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Absent either resolution or transcendence, their power is in the example of their unflagging love for the fallen world. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: A Sinner at Home in a Fallen World," 18 Oct. 2018 In a phone interview in advance of his Saturday night show at the Vic Theatre, Andrew W.K., perhaps the only man alive to be compared to both Tony Robbins and Meatloaf, talked about transcendence, depression, and the meaning of life. Allison Stewart,, "Andrew W.K. finds motivation in a good, noisy party," 9 May 2018 In the long run, meditation is a safer and more sustainable path to self-transcendence. Sean Illing, Vox, "How meditation and psychedelic drugs could reduce political partisanship," 17 Oct. 2018 Overdose: Deep vibrations, projectile vomiting, self-transcendence. Blanca Myers, WIRED, "A Microguide to Microdosing Psychedelic Drugs," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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