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

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Examples of evanescence in a Sentence

the evanescence of a rainbow detracts not a whit from its beauty
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps that owes to its oppositional nature, and perhaps to its evanescence. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "A Graffiti Museum Where the Writers Are in Charge," 4 Dec. 2019 But rock is our closest approximation to the unchanging forever, placing our human evanescence in perspective. courant.com, "In Our Midst: St. Joseph’s Grads Create A Rock Of Ages," 9 July 2019 Both groups are striving to locate something fundamental and immutable about Britain in an era of erosion and evanescence. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 Nothing symbolizes border evanescence like the symbiosis of San Diego and Tijuana, where a bridge over the divide takes Upper Californians to the airport in Baja California. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Review: The Ties That Bind," 25 June 2018 Ultimately tinged with the melancholy of passing time— evanescence is written into the nature of pop music— Leto is bursting with great music and an intelligent awareness of how the same songs have very different meanings in different cultures. John Powers, Vogue, "At Cannes, Women Claim the Headlines," 14 May 2018 Information’s most consistent quality is its evanescence. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Her songs—entwined with one another without being constrained—evoke evanescence, but also endurance, and tell a universal story in vividly particular terms that could only be her own. Jack Hamilton, The Atlantic, "The Unknowable Joni Mitchell," 4 Oct. 2017 But on the other hand, Trump’s own brilliant bill is languishing on the pyre, and the president is standing next to it intoning bromides about the inescapable evanescence of life. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Not the President’s Fault, but Exactly What He Wanted," 24 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of evanescence

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evanescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evanescence. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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