transcendence

noun
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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Many cultures employ drugs as part of religious practice to induce feelings of transcendence that have similarities to near-death experiences. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences," 10 Sep. 2019 That would then go from casual to, like, white-hot, like transcendence, power. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Aretha: Her story was in her songs," 19 June 2019 Ahwaal’ include joy/fear, ecstasy, intoxication, intimacy, eventually ending the transcendence of ego-self. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago stories will unfold at 13th Hyde Park Jazz Festival," 7 June 2019 The next morning, however, Shainberg briefly achieved transcendence from the questions that usually plagued him—questions to do with desire, and mind-body dualism, and why his brain wouldn’t shut up. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of transcendence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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