Meaning of transcendent in English:


Pronunciation /trɑːnˈsɛnd(ə)nt/

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  • 1Beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience.

    ‘the search for a transcendent level of knowledge’
    • ‘Nor was he the only literary type to embrace Catholicism's indeflectability as the answer to modernity's assault on inherited tradition and the human longing for the transcendent.’
    • ‘By the end of the eighteenth century, liberal theology transformed traditional doctrines into statements that are metaphors for a general human relation to the transcendent.’
    • ‘It is thus the point of the soul itself, that which marks us as unique from other animals, and allows access to the transpersonal and transcendent realms above.’
    • ‘These transcendent moments go beyond what the mind can comprehend; tears are a response of the heart.’
    • ‘Mysticism is best understood as an experiential way of relating to religion; mystics are people who practice a discipline such as meditation in order to experience unity with the transcendent.’
    • ‘In the first six verses Paul recalls the transcendent experience he had when he was ‘caught up’ to the third heaven.’
    • ‘The world of most African Christians doesn't have this firm line between the world of experience and the transcendent world.’
    • ‘But the pain becomes more severe, the transcendent experience more extreme.’
    • ‘People see this experience as a transcendent reality that is not simply of their own construction, but a gift.’
    • ‘For me, attendance at a symphony concert is a transporting, even a transcendent experience.’
    • ‘Whether we know it or not, every one of us is seeking the transcendent experience.’
    • ‘From that perch, one's picture of the cosmos grows to galactic proportions, dwarfing any prior world view and yielding a perspective transcendent beyond imagination.’
    • ‘Therefore, culture was for them, too distant a mirage, too transcendent an idea, beyond their comprehension and farthest from their grasp.’
    • ‘There's something transcendent in how they hold, kiss and converse with each other.’
    • ‘Consequently, what individuals need is a new language that can express and generate transcendent meanings.’
    • ‘Thus, a commitment to rationality actually reinforces a commitment to transcendent meaning.’
    • ‘He has no concern with any transcendent realm.’
    • ‘Indeed, such transcendent realms still possess, for many of us, a clear primacy over the earthly world.’
    • ‘Also, we lack any indications of an apocalyptic new age, either on earth or in some transcendent realm.’
    1. 1.1Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional.
      ‘her transcendent beauty’
      • ‘Artists in many fields collaborate, as painters did in the Renaissance, before there was any guff about the artist as transcendent, solitary genius.’
      • ‘When viewed through a magnifying glass it astonishes you not only with its similarity with Torenia's flower sans the purple or violet luxury but also with its transcendent beauty.’
      • ‘There are too many people participating for it not to eventually produce works of staggering intellect, transcendent beauty and infectious humor.’
      • ‘You can turn on a radio, put on a record, pop a tape or a disc in the player and listen to her golden voice, the transcendent beauty of the music she creates.’
      • ‘This bizarre simian cameo is topped only by the final encounter with the tiger which has a hallucinatory, transcendent beauty.’
      • ‘Although rendered with detailed realism the particular was always subordinate to the general effect of transcendent beauty or sublimity.’
      • ‘It is a film of transcendent beauty that directly touches the soul.’
      • ‘It sounds rather dreary and Calvinistic but I think that work leads to great things like beauty and extraordinary truth, things that shine and are transcendent.’
      • ‘By using this material the artist both celebrated the beauty of a mortal woman and transformed her into a transcendent being.’
      • ‘No one would deny the transcendent beauty of Gregorian chant, the majesty of Gothic cathedrals, the classical clarity of Mozart and Haydn Masses.’
      • ‘You'll find more transcendent moments in this film than in most of the pictures released this year combined.’
      • ‘The longest scene in the opera, it may be the most transcendent.’
      • ‘Los Angeles, California boasts some of the most transcendent sunsets.’
      • ‘Was there a transcendent moment for you from the weekend of performances?’
      superior, supreme, consummate, predominant, pre-eminent, ascendant, paramount, superlative, unique, unsurpassed, incomparable, unrivalled, unequalled, unparalleled, matchless, peerless, second to none
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    2. 1.2(of God) existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe.
      Often contrasted with immanent
      ‘This, he states, is strong evidence in support of religion and of a personal, transcendent God.’
      • ‘God is transcendent; the belief deduced from this is that nature was mere scenery in the divine order of things.’
      • ‘This conception of Wisdom parallels a less significant, general Jewish explanation of how a transcendent God could participate in a temporal creation.’
      • ‘Someday, if we do a good job, then somehow a transcendent God will come and bring Mashiach, bring the Messiah, and so transform the world.’
      • ‘It was the transcendent God who did not inflict my disability; it was the imminent God who steered me through it and brought it full circle.’
      • ‘If we believe that God cannot change God's own mind, are we limiting, or boxing in, our transcendent God?’
      • ‘Never lost from memory is the transcendent God who exists not only on the other side of space, but also on the other side of time.’
      • ‘Saying that God is transcendent is therefore saying that none of the limitations of finite life apply to him.’
      • ‘He's visiting the Catholic community, but fundamentally he's trying to send a message of deep respect for Islam as a religion which has a profound belief in a transcendent god.’
      • ‘Our allegiance must be to a transcendent God whose righteousness and mercy are both beyond our understanding.’
      • ‘But the bible teaches God is transcendent he is beyond nature as its creator.’
      • ‘Naturalism does not deny the existence of God, either as transcendent or immanent.’
      • ‘In all spiritual traditions, spirit or divinity is said to be immanent as well as transcendent.’
      • ‘One further area which is necessary to analyse is whether or not God is transcendent or immanent.’
      • ‘May it remind you of the transcendent, divine reality of God.’
      • ‘God is thus utterly transcendent, self-sufficient, and all-powerful.’
      • ‘Again, the idea of a non-material, transcendent Creator provides an answer.’
      • ‘God becomes transcendent, the question of possible immanence becoming problematical.’
      • ‘A second and related reason why science is unable to disprove God's existence is that he is transcendent - over, above and beyond time, space and all finite reality.’
      • ‘Siva is also transcendent, beyond time, cause and space.’
      supernatural, preternatural, transcendental, other-worldly, superhuman, mystical, mystic, spiritual, divine, heavenly, exalted, sublime, ethereal, numinous, transmundane, ineffable
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  • 2(in scholastic philosophy) higher than or not included in any of Aristotle's ten categories.

    ‘Western concepts of God have ranged from the detached transcendent demiurge of Aristotle to the pantheism of Spinoza.’
    • ‘In this shift, signs float ever more free of the reality (including transcendent reality) to which they point.’
    • ‘However, he does make a good case that the demand for some more transcendent basis for ethics is misplaced.’
    • ‘He simply could not envision the stable functioning of a democratic order without the psychological restraints produced by a widespread adherence to transcendent metaphysical certainties.’
    • ‘This issue - of transcendent moral importance - calls for constructive action, not critical theory.’
    1. 2.1(in Kantian philosophy) not realizable in experience.
      ‘Metaphysical entities are by nature and definition utterly transcendent of the physical.’
      • ‘For Kant the issue was a boundary between-between consciousness and matter, subject and object, empirical and transcendent.’
      • ‘You're kind of right, because the kind of postmodernism you describe - ‘the philosophy that claims there is no transcendent truth’ - was never really alive.’
      • ‘Even as intellectuals dismiss the nation-space as a metaphysical concept, a transcendent notion, countless people across the world die and kill in the name of a nation.’


Late Middle English from Latin transcendent- ‘climbing over’, from the verb transcendere (see transcend).