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

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 Japanese culture had traditionally valued the qualities of mobility and ephemerality, Kurokawa observed. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 The ebb and flow of the text clouds — with just a few choice lines about solitude sung in the clear by gleaming mezzo-soprano Chelsea Lyons — rightly latches onto the ephemerality of Wordsworth’s original, not its pretty scenery. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 13 Feb. 2022 Destruction was always part of the Murals to the Metaverse plan, one that turned the ephemerality of street art into a feature rather than a bug. Suhita Shirodkar, Wired, 31 Jan. 2022 Newsprint appeals to Jarmusch for its availability, but also its ephemerality. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Rusak explores ephemerality, decay, and preservation in his work and has been experimenting with a material that mixes resin with plants and flowers so that the botanicals look almost like they’ve been trapped in amber. Diana Budds, Curbed, 17 Dec. 2021 Their lyrics are full of self-aware references to the ephemerality of both fame and contentment. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 16 Dec. 2021 Reflections of things outside of the display intrude on the central objects, adding to the sense of ephemerality. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 The ephemerality of the installation, changing at each moment, felt hauntingly beautiful. Diana Budds, Curbed, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ephemerality

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2022

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“Ephemerality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemerality. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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