ev·​a·​nes·​cence ˌe-və-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce evanescence (audio)
: the process or fact of evanescing
: 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 Share [Findings] Researchers proposed replacing the paradigm of extinction with that of evanescence. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 24 Apr. 2024 Or will the evanescence of your days be marked by the brief spasm of cherry blossoms in bloom? Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 With the evanescence of a lantern, the Serpentine suspension lamp seamlessly balances form and function, the black lines outlining the spokes and profiles of its diffuser cones designed to emphasize the dynamism of its forms. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2023 As a woman fond of sudden disappearance, Converse seemed to insist on her own evanescence, on her right to stay lost. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 24 Apr. 2023 People strolled about, glancing up at the delicate ceiling above their heads and out to the far shore of the basin, where still more of the trees created a distant cloud of frail evanescence. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 Every other Wayne spotting ends in evanescence. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Each announcement is a godlike evanescence. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 The story of ancient Assyria is one of extraordinary longevity and startling evanescence. Kyle Harper, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of evanescence was in 1751

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“Evanescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evanescence. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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ev·​a·​nes·​cence ˌev-ə-ˈnes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce evanescence (audio)
: evanescent quality

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