Definitions

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  • n. The state of being immanent; inherency.
  • n. The state of dwelling within and not extending beyond a given domain.
  • n. The concept of the presence of deity in and throughout the real world; the idea that God is everywhere and in everything. Contrast transcendence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being immanent; inherence; an indwelling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being immanent; inherence; indwelling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being within or not going beyond a given domain

Etymologies

From immanent. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The sense that romanticism prioritizes image over sound because sound cannot overcome its immanence is unsettled by the voice of Farinelli, which seems to vastly increase the power of sound, his voice having been described by English listeners precisely by drawing on the vocabulary of transcendence.

    Sounds Romantic: The Castrato and English Poetics Around 1800

  • According to them we can only know something of God by means of the vital immanence, that is, under favourable circumstances the need of the Divine dormant in our subconsciousness becomes conscious and arouses that religious feeling or experience in which God reveals himself to us (see MODERNISM).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Such a factor, however, cannot be introduced, or re-introduced, into our theological thinking without necessitating a good deal of revision, nor without causing a certain measure of temporary confusion and dislocation; it will accordingly be the principal object of the following chapters to clear up misapprehensions which have arisen in connection with the idea of immanence, to assign to it its approximately proper place in Christian thought, and to safeguard an important truth against the injury done to it -- and {22} so to all truth -- by a zeal that is not according to knowledge.

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive

  • Taken verbally as well as ontologically, then, and directed back into romanticism, Agamben would thus help rethink Wordsworthian imminence as a kind of immanence in its own enunciative right.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • On every hand we hear proclaimed a form of the doctrine of God's omnipresence (usually called the divine "immanence") which not only denies all distinction between the original Creation and the present perpetuation of the world, but a form which practically denies all second causes, and which cannot well be distinguished from pantheism, though it would be a spiritualistic or "idealistic" form of pantheism, or "monism," to use the favorite modern term.

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • These extreme advocates of what they term the divine "immanence" go so far as to deny all second causes.

    Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation

  • Or, to quote the actual question of a believer in this kind of immanence, Why ask outside for a strength which we already possess?

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive

  • But now, having achieved an awareness -- obscure and indescribable indeed, yet actual -- of the enfolding presence of Reality, under those two forms which the theologians call the "immanence" and the

    Practical Mysticism

  • But now, having achieved an awareness -- obscure and indescribable indeed, yet actual -- of the enfolding presence of Reality, under those two forms which the theologians call the "immanence" and the "transcendence" of the Divine, a change is to take place in the relation between your finite human spirit and the Infinite Life in which at last it knows itself to dwell.

    Practical Mysticism A Little Book for Normal People

  • The doctrine of God's "immanence" was almost a commonplace with

    Robert Browning

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