impermanence

noun
im·​per·​ma·​nence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpərm-nən(t)s How to pronounce impermanence (audio) , -ˈpər-mə-\

Definition of impermanence

: the quality or state of being impermanent

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Examples of impermanence in a Sentence

the ancient Roman ruins are a telling reminder of the impermanence of even the grandest man-made constructions

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After three brilliant and heartfelt parenting parables that ruminated on aging, loss and impermanence alongside the pitfalls of arcade claw machines and toddler daycare centers, this was the final goodbye. Washington Post, "‘Toy Story’ lives on, but should it have?," 19 June 2019 Hers, instead, was an imaginative performance of talking about the book, which is a reflection on her career, on the essence of performance and mainly on impermanence. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Music goes multimedia, but why? Three concerts point the way," 25 Apr. 2018 The most glittering points in Ms. Tokarczuk’s constellation are the extended fictions on themes of impermanence and escape. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Pilgrim Without a Map," 9 Aug. 2018 Their vast beauty reminds me of the impermanence of our existence. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Prabal Gurung Dreams of Visiting Kenya’s Umoja Village," 29 Aug. 2018 At its core lay the realization battered into him on his first journey down the Colorado about humanity’s impermanence in the face of geologic time and how the Earth remained in a continual state of flux. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Hardy will be knocked out, or will otherwise submit to the impermanence of triumph in mixed martial arts. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 Part of the problem at the moment is that we are being promised permanence and we are being told that impermanence can be denied. latimes.com, "Refugees, optimism and literary roots: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid in conversation," 25 May 2018 Odd Fellows are known for using human skeletons in their initiation rites as symbols of impermanence. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "A rural Maryland chapter of the Odd Fellows society fights to save its 1850s building — and memories within," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of impermanence

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impermanence was in 1796

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