tran·​sience | \ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ən(t)s; ˈtran-zē-ən(t)s, ˈtran(t)-sē-;ˈtran-zhən(t)s, -jən(t)s\

Definition of transience 

: the quality or state of being transient

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wary of the transience of popular enthusiasms, the writers of the U.S. Constitution made changing the document a long and difficult process

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Becoming comfortable with transience and the fact that everything ends is very important., "Refugees, optimism and literary roots: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid in conversation," 25 May 2018 Their transience inspires Makoto Igari to document hanabi every summer, when explosions light up the night skies across Japan. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 Nicholas Hoel is the heir to a family art project—several generations committed to photographing, once a month, the growth of a chestnut tree—that has instilled in him an awed appreciation of human transience. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, "The Novel That Asks, ‘What Went Wrong With Mankind?’," 11 May 2018 Kids affected by hunger, illness and transience struggle academically, emotionally and socially. Guest Columnist/,, "Government's biggest cuts hurt America's smallest citizens: Ben Stein (Opinion)," 22 Apr. 2018 Anchorage, a city with nearly 300,000 residents, has long had its share of rough edges, including patterns of homelessness and transience, with people here for a while, then gone. Kirk Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Car Stolen in Anchorage? Enter Floyd the Thief Chaser," 13 Apr. 2018 Still life, in French, is nature morte, a reminder of both copiousness and transience. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Beauty in Full Bloom," 13 Apr. 2018 This is the museums’ purpose: to present the mind of an artist at work, in a world of transience and instant gratification, where, for Bergé, few true artists can survive. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "Was Pierre Bergé the Most Powerful Man In France?," 8 Sep. 2017 Designing light for fashion shows that last just minutes also carries an element of transience. Fortune, "This Top Designer Says Lighting Can Be Part of the Identity of a Brand," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of transience

1745, in the meaning defined above

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