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  1. The act of surpassing usual limits.
  2. The state of being beyond the range of normal perception.
  3. The state of being free from the constraints of the material world, as in the case of a deity.
  4. Superior excellence; supereminence.

"This deconstructive impulse is characteristic of postmodernist art in general and must be distinguished from the self-critical tendency of modernism. Modernist theory presupposes that mimesis, the adequation of an image to a referent, can be bracketed or suspended ... When the postmodernist work speaks of itself, it is no longer to proclaim its autonomy, its self-sufficiency, its transcendence; rather, it is to narrate its own contingency, insufficiency, lack of transcendence." --"The Allegorical Impulse", Craig Owens (critic)

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From 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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