Other forms: transcendences

Transcendence is the act of rising above something to a superior state. If you were at a concert where the rock star jumped into the audience, the concert (and audience) may have achieved a state of transcendence.

Transcendence comes from the Latin prefix trans-, meaning "beyond," and the word scandare, meaning "to climb." When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations. The word is often used to describe a spiritual or religious state, or a condition of moving beyond physical needs and realities. One way to achieve transcendence spiritually might be to fast for a long time. If you have trouble letting go of material needs, then you will have a difficult time achieving transcendence.

Definitions of transcendence
  1. noun
    the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
    synonyms: superiority, transcendency
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    type of:
    domination, mastery, supremacy
    power to dominate or defeat
  2. noun
    a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience
    synonyms: transcendency
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    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
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