impermanence

noun

im·​per·​ma·​nence (ˌ)im-ˈpər-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce impermanence (audio)
-ˈpərm-
: 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 Image Cherry blossoms, celebrated by poets as symbols of impermanence, occupy a major place in Japanese culture. Hisako Ueno Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Between heat, wood rot, fire risk and termites, the islands cultivate the idea of impermanence. Kristina Linnea Garcia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 Today, cherry blossoms are celebrated in spring all around the world, encouraging the appreciation of impermanence through observation of nature. Małgorzata (gosia) K. Citko-Duplantis, The Conversation, 7 Mar. 2024 Life is constantly changing, and its impermanence is a reminder to be in the present moment. Jacqueline Delgadillo, refinery29.com, 3 Oct. 2023 Nothing reminds us of our impermanence like New York. Melinda Hansen, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2023 Oh My, is a yearning riff on the impermanence of life itself. Pitchfork, 4 Dec. 2023 But if the specter of injury and bodily impermanence hovers over the tournament, the older players’ defuse it with dark humor. Andrew Keh Bryan Meltz, New York Times, 24 July 2023 But her most successful artwork is about impermanence. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impermanence was in 1796

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“Impermanence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impermanence. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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impermanence

noun
im·​per·​ma·​nence (ˈ)im-ˈpərm(-ə)-nən(t)s How to pronounce impermanence (audio)
: the quality or state of being impermanent
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