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

Examples of impermanence in a Sentence

the ancient Roman ruins are a telling reminder of the impermanence of even the grandest man-made constructions
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, training in mindfulness and meditation, as well as beliefs regarding the nature of self, reality and the impermanence of suffering, give Buddhists unique tools to confront pain and death. Gosia Wozniacka, ajc, 15 May 2022 Being comfortable with the potential impermanence of our purpose is critical. Shulagna Dasgupta, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The latter had not associated Zen with a minimalist aesthetic, thereby proving that even stereotypes are not universal; and the former, a female Zen priest, underscores a central premise of the show and of Buddhism itself: impermanence and change. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 11 May 2022 The result is a deeply unsettling descent into musical madness centered on themes of impermanence and dissonance. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2022 He’s also fascinated by the forces of decay and impermanence, and the possibility of using technology to cheat them or at least slow them down. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 The ultimate or spiritual realm may be impermanence—constantly evolving matter and energy. Outside Online, 2 Aug. 2020 The lives of Ukrainians have long been shaped by impermanence and war. The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 Of course, the impermanence of their use is in direct contrast to their longevity; plastics are not biodegradable and fragment endlessly instead. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impermanence

1796, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2022

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“Impermanence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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