transcendent, transcendental
1. The word used in general contexts to mean ‘excelling, surpassing normal human experience’ is transcendent, which typically collocates with words for grand notions such as beauty, good, and truth. It is wasted in mundane and trivial contexts such as descriptions of sports events

• (Wales and South Africa derived almost equal pleasure from a transcendent test match —Express, 2004).

2. Transcendental has the basic meaning ‘outside experience’ and is used mainly in technical contexts: (1) in theology, to refer to God as being outside the universe, the opposite of immanent (see at imminent), (2) in philosophy to denote the teaching of the 19c American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, and (3) in the term transcendental meditation, a form of meditation derived from Hinduism.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • Transcendent — Tran*scend ent, a. [L. transcendens, entis, p. pr. of transcendere to transcend: cf. F. transcendant, G. transcendent.] 1. Very excellent; superior or supreme in excellence; surpassing others; as, transcendent worth; transcendent valor. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Transcendent — Tran*scend ent, n. That which surpasses or is supereminent; that which is very excellent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Transcendent — u. Transcendental, s. Trausscendent …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • transcendent — / transcendental [adj] extraordinary, superior absolute, abstract, accomplished, beyond grasp, boundless, consummate, entire, eternal, exceeding, fantastic, finished, hypothetical, ideal, incomparable, infinite, innate, intact, intellectual,… …   New thesaurus

  • transcendent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) transcending normal or physical human experience. 2) (of God) existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe. DERIVATIVES transcendence noun transcendently adverb …   English terms dictionary

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