October 7th, 2018

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Sunday Word: Transcendent

transcendent [tran-sen-duh nt]
1. Beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience.
2. Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional.
3. (in scholastic philosophy) higher than or not included in any of Aristotle's ten categories.


His transcendent sense of worth had risen and caught up to him. He did not like the world he lived in, and the people in it. (Soroosh Shahrivar, The Rise of Shams)

A movie that frequently brushes with greatness is nothing to scoff at. You'll find more transcendent moments in this film than in most of the pictures released this year combined. (Nathaniel Rogers, They've Got Character)


Late Middle English: from Latin transcendent - 'climbing over', from the verb transcendere (see transcend). (Oxford Dictionaries)

Mid-15c., from Latin transcendentem, present participle of transcendere. (Dictionary.com)