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transcendent

adjective

  1. (superior)  exceeding or surpassing usual limits, especially in excellence
    Synonyms: surpassing. Similar to: superior
  2. (unknowable)  beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
    Similar to: unknowable

Etymology summary

late Middle English: from Latin transcendent- "climbing over", from the verb...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

transcendent | transcendence [derived] | transcendency [noun, derived]

exceeding or surpassing in degree or excellence | (in the philosophy of Kant) beyond or before experience; a priori | (of a concept) falling outside a ... (24 of 501 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Transcendence [disambiguation] | transcendent | transcendental

words that refer to an object as being comparatively beyond that of other objects. Such objects transcend other objects in some way. Transcendence (religion), the concept of being entirely beyond the universe (Not a living being). | Transcendentals, ... (37 of 489 words, 33 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

transcendent | surpassing [synonym, sense-specific] | metaphysical [synonym, sense-specific] | otherworldly [synonym, sense-specific] | paranormal [synonym, sense-specific] | preternatural [synonym, sense-specific] | supernatural [synonym, sense-specific] | transcendental [synonym, sense-specific] | unearthly [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

exceeding usual limits; "surpassing" ; extending or lying beyond the limits ... | being beyond comprehension | transcending the universe or material ... (20 of 163 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

transcendent | immanent [near antonym, sense-specific] | exceptional [synonym, sense-specific] | transcendently [derived]

beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience | surpassing the ordinary; exceptional | (of God) existing apart from and not subject ... (23 of 100 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/transcendent

Random House Dictionary:

transcendent

going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding. | superior or supreme. | [theology] (of the Deity) transcending the universe, time, etc. | ... (18 of 69 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/transcendent

American Heritage Dictionary:

transcendent | transcendence [noun, related] | transcendency [noun, related] | transcendently [adverb, related]

Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme. | Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception | [philosophy] ; Transcending the Aristotelian categories. | ... (18 of 63 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

transcendent [formal] | transcendence [noun, uncountable, related]

not limited or influenced by negative attitudes, thoughts, or feelings (10 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

transcendent | transcendence [related] | transcendently [adverb, related]

transcending; surpassing; excelling; extraordinary | [philosophy] ; beyond the limits of possible experience ; in Kantianism, beyond human knowledge | ... (18 of 38 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

transcendent [formal] | transcendence [noun, derived]

greater, better, more important, or going past or above all others (11 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/transcendent

Wiktionary:

transcendent | transcendents [plural]

surpassing usual limits | beyond the range of usual perception | free from constraints of the material world | That which surpasses or is supereminent; something excellent. (24 of 29 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/transcendent

Encarta Dictionary:

transcendent | transcendence [noun, derived] | transcendently [adverb, derived]

superior in quality or achievement | in Kant's philosophical system, exceeding the limits of experience and therefore unknowable except hypothetically ... (19 of 67 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861721408​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

transcendent

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin transcendent- "climbing over", from the verb transcendere (see "transcend")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/transcendent

Merriam-Webster:

transcendent

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin transcendent-, transcendens, present participle of transcendere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/transcendent

Online Etymology:

transcendent

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Latin transcendentem, present participle of transcendere.

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New World Dictionary:

transcendent

Origin: Latin transcendens, present participle of transcendere

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Wiktionary:

transcendent | transcendents [plural]

Origin: transcend + -ent

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/transcendent

transcend | transcended [past tense] | transcending [present participle] | transcends [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old French transcender, Latin transcendere ("to climb over, step over, surpass, transcend"), from trans ("over") + scandere ("to climb"); see scan; compare ascend, descend.

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-ent

Origin: Since Middle English, from Old French -ent and its source Latin -ēns, (accusative singular -entem), present participle suffix.

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

transcendent [formal]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

transcendent [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

transcendent [formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

transcendent

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

transcendent

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YourDictionary Audio:

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