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[tran-sen-duh ns]
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  1. the quality or state of being transcendent.
Sometimes tran·scend·en·cy.

Origin of transcendence

From the Medieval Latin word trānscendentia, dating back to 1595–1605. See transcendent, -ence
Related formsself-tran·scend·ence, noun
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  • A spy they will not suffer; a lover, a poet, is the transcendency of their own nature,—him they will suffer.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Indeed, the transcendency of his poetical distinctions has tended to overshadow his other claims and uses.

  • It was her first, because she was the mother of a boy so well behaved that he had become a proverb of transcendency.


    Booth Tarkington

  • This transcendency on their part inspired them with pride, and they would have liked to make a display of it.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • I believe every problem of life can be solved by the transcendency of the spirit which has transcended us up here.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

Word Origin and History for transcendency



c.1600, from Medieval Latin transcendentia, from Latin transcendentem (see transcendent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper