impermanence

noun
im·​per·​ma·​nence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpərm-nən(t)s , -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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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 The act represents the Buddhist practice of impermanence. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Tibetan Buddhist Monks Visit Copper Beech Institute," 24 Apr. 2018 The ancient Japanese worldview centers on impermanence and imperfection. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "'Wabi-Sabi' Is The 2018 Home Trend Imperfect Decorators Are Going To Love," 10 Oct. 2017

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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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