evanescence

noun
ev·​a·​nes·​cence | \ ˌe-və-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce evanescence (audio) \

Definition of evanescence

1 : the process or fact of evanescing
2 : evanescent quality

Examples of evanescence in a Sentence

the evanescence of a rainbow detracts not a whit from its beauty
Recent Examples on the Web Many publications were short-lived, their evanescence evidence of how dangerous this work was. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The setting for this All-Star Game provides a certain reflection about the direction of the Sox and the evanescence of success. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 Nelson’s now nonexistent pillar, that paradoxical monument to oblivion, was, for me, an image of both the evanescence of the past and the way that odd parts of it linger and persist—an image, too, that had a beautiful color and a sharp taste: plum. Fintan O’toole, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 Between the heft of the wooden building and the evanescence of the fog encircling it, the atmosphere was seductively calming—as long as my mind did not linger on the metaphor of the matchbox. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The revolving wheel of extinction is itself a route of evanescence. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 The revolving wheel of extinction is itself a route of evanescence. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 The researchers trained their cameras on the swarms — no small feat, given the swarms’ evanescence and the intrusive curiosity of bystanders — and discovered that, like starlings in a flock, midges in a swarm are collectively correlated. Brandon Keim, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The revolving wheel of extinction is itself a route of evanescence. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of evanescence

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Aug 2022

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“Evanescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evanescence. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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