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[tran-sen-duh ns] /trænˈsɛn dəns/
the quality or state of being transcendent.
Sometimes, transcendency.
Origin of transcendence
From the Medieval Latin word trānscendentia, dating back to 1595-1605. See transcendent, -ence
Related forms
self-transcendence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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.

    Penrod 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
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