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 Online, a meme’s ephemerality is a given, and old jokes more or less evaporate. Wired, "Meme Costumes Are Dead. Long Live the Meme Costume," 31 Oct. 2019 But the very ephemerality that defines Miami has also hampered its capacity to foster long-lasting, meaningful movements. Zach Schlein, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Miami," 9 Oct. 2019 The advent of digital music meant this ephemerality is no longer a concern. Erin Macleod, The New York Review of Books, "Dancehall: Raising the Voices of the Dead," 22 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of ephemerality

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2019

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“Ephemerality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephemerality. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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