transcendentalism

noun tran·scen·den·tal·ism \ -tə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of transcendentalism

1 : a philosophy that emphasizes the a priori conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality
2 : a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical
3 : the quality or state of being transcendental; especially : visionary idealism

transcendentalist

play \-tə-list\ adjective or noun

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First Known Use of transcendentalism

1803


TRANSCENDENTALISM Defined for English Language Learners

transcendentalism

noun

Definition of transcendentalism for English Language Learners

  • : a philosophy which says that thought and spiritual things are more real than ordinary human experience and material things


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