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Examples of evanescent in a Sentence
beauty that is as evanescent as a rainbow
Recent Examples of evanescent from the Web
But even so evanescent a time of good feeling as that following 9/11 is difficult to imagine occurring today.
But taking advantage of evanescent profit opportunities is what capitalism is all about.
Hollywood marriages can be as evanescent as the life span of mayflies.
Post-Brexit, UKIP are stuck in an evanescent decline.
Whatever haunts the images is out of the frame, and what’s in the frame is too diffuse or evanescent to build on.
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Breaking Down evanescent
The fragile, airy quality of things evanescent reflects the etymology of the word evanescent itself. It derives from a form of the Latin verb evanescere, which means "to evaporate" or "to vanish." Given the similarity in spelling between the two words, you might expect evaporate to come from the same Latin root, but it actually grew out of another steamy Latin root, evaporare. Evanescere did give us vanish, however, by way of Anglo-French and Vulgar Latin.
Origin and Etymology of evanescent
First Known Use: 1717See Words from the same year
Synonymsbrief, deciduous, ephemeral, momentary, flash, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitory
Antonymsceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, lasting, long-lived, permanent, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending
Related Wordslittle, short, shortish; acting, interim, provisional, short-term
Near Antonymslifelong; continuing, durable, persistent; imperishable, indefectible, indestructible
Synonym Discussion of evanescent
- a hotel catering primarily to transient guests
- fame in the movies is transitory
- many slang words are ephemeral
- my feelings of guilt were only momentary
- let a fugitive smile flit across his face
- fleeting moments of joy
- the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation
EVANESCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evanescent for English Language Learners
: lasting a very short time
medical Definition of evanescent
- an evanescent rash
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