Definition of transcendent in English:


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Pronunciation /ˌtran(t)ˈsend(ə)nt/ /ˌtræn(t)ˈsɛnd(ə)nt/


  • 1Beyond or above the range of normal or merely 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.
      ‘the conductor was described as a “transcendent genius.”’
      • ‘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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    3. 1.3(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.’
    4. 1.4(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).



/ˌtran(t)ˈsend(ə)nt/ /ˌtræn(t)ˈsɛnd(ə)nt/