[tran-sen-duh ns]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-transcendence

Historical Examples of self-transcendence

  • There can be only feeling; and the least self-transcendence, even in memory, must be an illusion.

    Winds Of Doctrine

    George Santayana

Word Origin and History for self-transcendence



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper