tran·​sience | \ ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ən(t)s How to pronounce transience (audio) ; 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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Examples of transience in a Sentence

wary of the transience of popular enthusiasms, the writers of the U.S. Constitution made changing the document a long and difficult process
Recent Examples on the Web Yuen also incorporates wabi-sabi, or the appreciation of imperfection and transience. La Carmina, House Beautiful, "From Buddhist Sand Gardens to Modern Minimalism: The Enduring Influence of Japanese Zen Design," 6 May 2021 Few writers who’ve ever lived have been able to create moods of transience, loss and existential self-doubt as Ishiguro has — not art about the feelings, but the feelings themselves. Charles Finch, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel is one of his very best," 23 Feb. 2021 The aesthetic is of a contemporary Vanitas, the symbolic art representing the transience of life, including the skull as a symbol of the certainty of death, and the hourglass to denote the shortness of life. Kate Matthams, Forbes, "Louis Vuitton Reveals Its Subversive Style With The Tambour Carpe Diem Watch," 7 Apr. 2021 Keeping unhoused New Yorkers in a constant state of transience feeds the homelessness crisis, creating ever-more temporary disruptions in a situation that, for many, becomes a sustained period of impermanence. Megan Evershed, The New Republic, "How an Upper West Side Hotel Came to Embody the City’s Failure on Homelessness," 31 Mar. 2021 Free agents have been brought aboard but on short-term deals suggesting transience., "No one wants to say it, but it sure looks like the Red Sox are ... rebuilding," 26 Mar. 2021 America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee is anticipating the grand opening of its first permanent home after 12 years of transience. Washington Post, "A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities," 13 Mar. 2021 But more tantalizing is the idea that the object served as a vanitas object that represented the passage of time and the transience of the material world. Town & Country, "Sotheby’s is Selling the Ultimate Renaissance Painting," 21 Jan. 2021 Over the centuries, Pompeii became a powerful symbol of the transience of life and human impotence when nature unleashes its power. New York Times, "Snail, Fish and Sheep Soup, Anyone? Savory New Finds at Pompeii," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of transience

1739, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Transience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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