1Beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience: the search for a transcendent level of knowledge
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- 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.
1.1Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional: the conductor was described as a “transcendent genius.”
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- 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.
incomparable, matchless, peerless, unrivaled, inimitable, beyond compare/comparison, unparalleled, unequaled, without equal, second to none, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, nonpareil;
exceptional, consummate, unique, perfect, rare, surpassing, magnificent
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.
mystical, mystic, transcendental, spiritual, divine;
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.
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.
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- Such moments are melancholy as well as joyful precisely because they are fleeting: transcendently beautiful but so brief as to be immeasurable.
- But if the issue is war, in which many thousands of people undoubtedly will die, the cause had better be transcendently important.
- Sung a cappella, the song is transcendently impassioned and beautiful.
Late Middle English: from Latin transcendent- 'climbing over', from the verb transcendere (see transcend).
Words that rhyme with transcendentappendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, defendant, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, superintendent
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