ephemerality

noun
ephem·​er·​al·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌfe-mə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce ephemerality (audio) , -ˌfē-\
plural ephemeralities

Definition of ephemerality

1 ephemeralities plural : ephemeral things
2 : the quality or state of being ephemeral

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Examples of ephemerality in a Sentence

never has the ephemerality of fame been more apparent than in today's pop culture

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And because these Stories disappeared, the ephemerality, people just felt very comfortable. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Taking a page from YouTube, Snap VP Nick Bell wants to find the next generation of media stars," 25 Oct. 2018 But a bigger problem for me with journalism — surpassing simplicity and invisibility — was its ephemerality. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 Celebrities and the non-famous have abandoned the platform, and the ephemerality that had made the app popular is no longer a unique selling point, rendering Snapchat irrelevant and useless. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018 The ephemerality that had made Snapchat unique had become popular enough to be cannibalized by other platforms in the hopes of replicating Snapchat’s success. Helena_fitzgerald, The Verge, "The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns," 18 May 2018 That the blossoms disintegrate into nothing evokes, according to Murakami and her partner Alexander Groves, the changing seasons, the ephemerality inherent in nature. Mirren Gidda, Newsweek, "Exclusive: Watch COS and Studio Swine's Strange and Beautiful New Project," 2 Feb. 2017 This cycle may seem bleak, but for Mr. Coatney ephemerality is another day at work. New York Times, "Hipster Culture and Instagram Are Responsible for a Good Thing," 29 Jan. 2018 There’s something romantic about the ephemerality of an exquisitely wrapped present. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Wrapping Paper (Almost) Too Pretty to Rip," 18 Dec. 2017 Like the earlier single, this song revolves around the theme of the ephemerality of love. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "BTS' Japanese Song 'Crystal Snow' Yearns for a Fragile Love: See the Translated Lyrics," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ephemerality

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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