Adjective "transcendent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Consequently, what individuals need is a new language that can express and generate transcendent meanings.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'For me, attendance at a symphony concert is a transporting, even a transcendent experience.'
  5. 'In the first six verses Paul recalls the transcendent experience he had when he was ‘caught up’ to the third heaven.'
  6. 'There's something transcendent in how they hold, kiss and converse with each other.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'Also, we lack any indications of an apocalyptic new age, either on earth or in some transcendent realm.'
  10. 'Indeed, such transcendent realms still possess, for many of us, a clear primacy over the earthly world.'
  11. 'Although rendered with detailed realism the particular was always subordinate to the general effect of transcendent beauty or sublimity.'
  12. 'By using this material the artist both celebrated the beauty of a mortal woman and transformed her into a transcendent being.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Artists in many fields collaborate, as painters did in the Renaissance, before there was any guff about the artist as transcendent, solitary genius.'
  15. 'Was there a transcendent moment for you from the weekend of performances?'
  16. 'You'll find more transcendent moments in this film than in most of the pictures released this year combined.'
  17. 'This bizarre simian cameo is topped only by the final encounter with the tiger which has a hallucinatory, transcendent beauty.'
  18. 'Our allegiance must be to a transcendent God whose righteousness and mercy are both beyond our understanding.'
  19. '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.'
  20. 'Again, the idea of a non-material, transcendent Creator provides an answer.'
  21. 'In all spiritual traditions, spirit or divinity is said to be immanent as well as transcendent.'
  22. 'God becomes transcendent, the question of possible immanence becoming problematical.'
  23. 'Saying that God is transcendent is therefore saying that none of the limitations of finite life apply to him.'
  24. 'If we believe that God cannot change God's own mind, are we limiting, or boxing in, our transcendent God?'
  25. 'God is transcendent; the belief deduced from this is that nature was mere scenery in the divine order of things.'
  26. 'Siva is also transcendent, beyond time, cause and space.'
  27. 'One further area which is necessary to analyse is whether or not God is transcendent or immanent.'
(in scholastic philosophy) higher than or not included in any of Aristotle's ten categories.
  1. 'However, he does make a good case that the demand for some more transcendent basis for ethics is misplaced.'
  2. 'Western concepts of God have ranged from the detached transcendent demiurge of Aristotle to the pantheism of Spinoza.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'For Kant the issue was a boundary between-between consciousness and matter, subject and object, empirical and transcendent.'


1. going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.

2. superior or supreme.

3. Theology. (of the Deity) transcending the universe, time, etc.Compare immanent (def 3).

4. Philosophy. Scholasticism. above all possible modes of the infinite. Kantianism. transcending experience; not realizable in human experience.Compare transcendental (defs 5a, c). (in modern realism) referred to, but beyond, direct apprehension; outside consciousness. noun, Mathematics.

5. a tran

More examples(as adjective)

"gods can be transcendent above histories."

"worlds can be transcendent."

"gods can be transcendent."

"loves can be transcendent."

"powers can be transcendent."

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