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

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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 Always traced with ephemerality — the snow likely melted before the rendering was done — paintings of snow now record a double evanescence. New York Times, "What It Means to Look at Paintings of Snow," 19 Jan. 2021 Sakura does not just mean love and renewal, but also evanescence and the fleeting nature of existence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Japan’s Lonely Cherry Blossoms," 10 Aug. 2020 This contributes to the profound sense of melancholy that imbues the proceedings and is most keenly felt through the pervading air of wistful evanescence. Malcolm Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'Here We Are,' by Graham Swift," 18 Sep. 2020 Sakura does not just mean love and renewal, but also evanescence and the fleeting nature of existence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Japan’s Lonely Cherry Blossoms," 10 Aug. 2020 Sakura does not just mean love and renewal, but also evanescence and the fleeting nature of existence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Japan’s Lonely Cherry Blossoms," 10 Aug. 2020 Sakura does not just mean love and renewal, but also evanescence and the fleeting nature of existence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Japan’s Lonely Cherry Blossoms," 10 Aug. 2020 Researchers proposed replacing the paradigm of extinction with that of evanescence. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 18 Aug. 2020 Along the way there is a good deal of talk about evanescence — of summertime and everything else. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Ali Smith’s ‘Summer’ Ends a Funny, Political, Very Up-to-Date Quartet," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of evanescence

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Mar 2021

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“Evanescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evanescence. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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