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

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 All around, disruption and transience were evident in what is essentially an Arctic desert. New York Times, 19 May 2022 And after trawling through the material for two years, a through- line definitely emerged related to chaos and transience, and which was a little different than change. Carole Horst, Variety, 23 May 2022 Even so, the symbolism of the cherry tree, rooted in the Buddhist theme of the transience of life, is made for this pandemic moment. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Even the 1980s act as a sort of reaction to transience! David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2022 Meant as a meditation on transience, the vessels have been cracked and partially shattered, embedded — almost infected — with bits of rock and brick. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Registering the transience of things — our own childhood, the childhoods of our children, the seasons, life itself — can be painful. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 Inside, the space had an air of transience, as if the tenants had made only a half-hearted effort to rise to the occasion of their own existence. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2022 All are substantial in material and execution, yet conjure a sense of vulnerability and transience. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of transience

1739, in the meaning defined above

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“Transience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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