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
Recent Examples on the Web Always traced with ephemerality — the snow likely melted before the rendering was done — paintings of snow now record a double evanescence. New York Times, "What It Means to Look at Paintings of Snow," 19 Jan. 2021 Visions of youth, beauty and happiness are haunted by awareness of life’s ephemerality; drink is an escape either melancholy or desperately rowdy. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A surprising Dallas Symphony program: a chamber-ensemble arrangement of Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’," 10 Oct. 2020 The ephemerality of social media terrified us, and as such, inspired us. New York Times, "‘I used to feel (before Lamictal),’ 2018," 7 Oct. 2020 Notable among them is the tension between the beauty and pathos found, and revealed through, the precarity and ephemerality of existence that comes about through the inevitability of change. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Winter comes early in David Flaugher’s exhibition at And Now gallery," 1 Oct. 2020 The resulting pieces play ephemerality against substantiality at a time when sure footing is difficult to find. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "From Rachel Weld Newton, Jewelry That Speaks to Our Times," 25 Sep. 2020 By apprehending daylight in tight enclosures, Anthes conveys both permanence and ephemerality in one luminous instant. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Prizewinning artists share concept of challenging perceptions," 18 Sep. 2020 In an uncertain springtime, ephemerality should be the rental economy’s biggest weakness, as people crave stability and a sense of ownership. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Transforming the Rental Economy," 8 June 2020 The Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang has made an art of ephemerality, sculpting in fireworks and gunpowder. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Can I Say Goodbye to My City in the Middle of a Pandemic?," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ephemerality

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ephemerality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemerality. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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