Definition of transcendence in English:


(also transcendency)

Pronunciation /trɑːnˈsɛnd(ə)ns//tranˈsɛnd(ə)ns/


  • [mass noun] Existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level:

    ‘the possibility of spiritual transcendence in the modern world’
    • ‘Fundamentalists, on the other hand, have emphasized the transcendence of God.’
    • ‘Enough to raise themselves to the same level of transcendence.’
    • ‘They are the inability to distinguish between transcendence in fact and transcendence in illusion.’
    • ‘In science fiction there can be no inexplicable marvels, no transcendences, no devils or demons.’
    • ‘And now that we know all about them, there still remains the mystery of his transcendence.’
    superiority, supremacy, predominance, pre-eminence, ascendancy
    incomparability, matchlessness, peerlessness
    excellence, greatness, magnificence, sublimity, importance
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