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Definition beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding


surpassing usual limits of excellence
  • Hearing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah was a transcendent experience for me.
transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
  • She is a transcendent figure in women's athletics.
  • transcendent = surpassing usual limits of excellence
  • Seeing the Grand Canyon was a transcendent experience for me.
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience
  • Visiting Yosemite was a transcendent experience.
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience
  • It was a transcendent event in my life.
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience
  • And then he invented a new life for himself, taking up residence at the ragged margin of our society, wandering across North America in search of raw, transcendent experience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary
  • This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience
  • Some people who have been brought back from the far edge of starvation, though, report that near the end the hunger vanishes, the terrible pain dissolves, and the suffering is replaced by a sublime euphoria, a sense of calm accompanied by transcendent mental clarity.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • transcendent = beyond the ordinary
  • Not for the power or for vindication, but because we, with the given circumstance of our origin, could only thus find transcendence?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Behind the hieroglyphic streets there would either be a transcendent meaning, or only the earth.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • The inspiration—I can call it by no other name—was that I felt how voluntarily, how transcendently, I MIGHT.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • A vision—a transcendently seductive vision of a Mexican girl arose before her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • A transcendent feeling of superhuman, perfect solidarity with my friends overwhelmed me at that moment.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Dissonance and harmonic tension slowly resolved into warm chords—the sound was transcendent.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A transcendent delight seemed to sparkle in every pool of water, for the moon had risen and the storm had scurried away into western Maryland.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • From this ever-changing world arose the Empire of the Scholars, strongest among men, dedicated to their creed: Through knowledge, transcendence.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The highest uses known to Newman's experience were certain transcendent sagacities in the handling of railway stock.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It is a way of overcoming the world by ruling the world, a transition; its point is transcendence, the kingdom itself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I felt myself rising, light-headed with transcendence, an overflowing fountain.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Whatever its source, the utterance struck me with the impact of a moment of splendid transcendence.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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